Swinging a kettlebell for 30 minutes is more of a workout than 90 minutes on a treadmill.
Kettlebells first gained recognition as an excellent weight loss tool when they were featured in the fitness magazine, Hercules in 1913.
The kettlebell was so popular in Tsarist Russia that a strongman or weightlifter was referred to as a girevik or ‘a kettlebell man’.
The Russian name for a kettlebell is Girya.
A kettlebell workout can burn over 1500 calories per hour or over 800 per hour assuming half the time is spent resting.
In the mid nineteen hundreds all weight lifting sets used to come with handles to allow dumbbells to be transformed into kettlebells. They are commonly referred to nowadays as ‘plate loaded kettlebells’. Related article: Bruce Lee Used Kettlebells