🇷🇺 Russia – Kettlebells

Welcome to Russia where Kettlebell Training originated as we know it. A Kettlebell is called a “girya” in Russia where this style of lifting has been the national sport since 1948. The word first showed up in Russian dictionaries in 1704. Long before that, however, the weights were used to counterbalance and weigh dry goods at the market. The weight looked like a tea-kettle with a handle minus a spout, and that’s how it got it’s English name. 

Apparently during their downtime at the markets, traders would toss the “girya” around, swinging them and performing tricks for drawing attention to their items for sale. Then in 1885, Dr. Vladislav Krayevsky, founded the St. Petersburg Amateur Weightlifting Society and became known as the forefather of the modern fitness gym, This was the birth of weightlifting in Russia. Krayevsky wrote “The Development of Physical Strength with Kettlebells and without Kettlebells,” his students included the legendary strongman George Hackenscmidt and Eugene Sandow, “The Father of Modern Day Body Building”.

🇷🇺  About Russia

Orthodox Christianity is the most common religion practiced is some fashion by over 75% of the 142 million people living in Russia. Its government is a federation and semi-presidential republic, and Vladimir Putin is the president at the time of publishing this course. Mount Elbrus is its highest peak in the Ural Mountain Range. Its national sport is hockey, and its national food is pelmeni. Russia is a huge country that is bordered by 14 other countries and flanked by the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Its area covers over 17 million square kilometers or 6.6 million square miles! Because it’s so large, its climate varies from subarctic (super cold) to humid (warm and moist) depending on which part you’re visiting.


Featured Workout: Kettle Bell 1

Kettlebell training is very popular right now, but most of the moves are demonstrated in such a fast and hyper-extended manner that general videos showing how to work with kettlebells are unsafe for the beginner exerciser or anyone with knee, hip, shoulder and core injuries such as diastasis recti abdominus. So Bethany set out to analyze everything out there, slow it all down, and challenge the whole body with solid strategie while keeping cores safer. Equipment needed: one kettlebell. If you do not have a kettlebell, you could also use a small suitcase or bucket with a STURDY handle that sticks up.

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