Kettlebell

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A kettlebell is a weight used for exercise that resembles a cannonball with a handle. Kettlebell exercises typically involve swinging the weight, for example: swinging the kettlebell from the floor to rest at the shoulder is known as a clean, while swinging it from the floor to rest overhead is a snatch. Exercises can be aimed at cardiovascular training or strength training.

Two cast-iron kettlebells, 20 and 24 kgs

More involved exercises include a clean and jerk, where the weight is swung from the floor to the shoulder then pressed up overhead. The Turkish get up starts with a floor press and ends with the lifter standing up with the kettlebell overhead.

Kettlebell sizes are traditionally measured in poods, a Russian mass unit that was officially discontinued in 1924 and is equivalent to about 16.1 kgs. Today, they are available in a wide range of sizes, usually measured in kilograms. The kettlebell has its roots in Russia, where it is known as a girya. The title for a kettlebell lifter is girevik.

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