This is all I could find out about the kettlebell, enjoy:

The kettlebell, or Girya in Russian, is an old Russian strength and conditioning tool. It has been used for centuries by the Russian military, police, and the laymen to gain strength, agility, power and endurance. It has been used both as a training and a testing tool in competitions. Although it first appeared in a Russian dictionary in the year 1704, nobody knows the exact origin of the kettlebell, although there are some theories.

One of the theories is that the kettlebell started life as a farmer’s balance weight, used to measure out quantities of goods on balance scales. As it is the nature of people to compete and test their strength against others, the balance weights were then also used in competitions to see who could lift them the most. Another theory is that the kettlebell was invented by the artillery branch of the military, who added a handle to the cannonball in order to develop strength that they could apply to loading the cannonball in battle.
This is from FlexYourMind

Saturday’s WOD:

“Hellacious Helen” compare to 9/1/10

1200m Run

63 Kettlebell Swings (53lb, 35lb)

36 Pull Ups

800m Run

42 Kettlebell Swings (53lb, 35lb)

400m Run

21 Kettlebell Swings

12 Pull Ups

*scale as needed


Stewie · January 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm

What a killer workout!!!! So pissed I can’t partake.

    Dave Scherer · January 14, 2012 at 9:09 am

    What a workout! Wish there was some more classes on Saturdays:}

Jen N · January 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Holy F. Great way to start the weekend, assuming I don’t die.

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