Monday, November 12, 2007

Ever wondered where kettlebells came from?

Some history

Kettlebells are fairly fashionable items at the moment in the strength / conditioning field. I've just bought a set myself from Stan Pike at intense fitness here in Scotland. They are good and allow you to do certain movements that are a lot more difficult and a lot different with dumbells.

However, have you ever thought about where they came from originally, and I'm not thinking of Russia?

I recently came across these objects when in a museum here in Edinburgh.




They are described as "bell weights":



These date from 1800:




I definitely would not want to snatch any of those! Plus the square handle would wreck your palm.

Kettlebells were originally the same as these things - weights for use in trade.

Interesting

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This guy claims that kettlebells originated in Scotland also.

http://ejmas.com/pt/ptart_brennan_0103.htm

Chris said...

Cheers - that is interesting

I wasn't meanign to say that kbs are not Russian - they are. I was thinkin more that where they came from, was from being weights used for market trade.

Scott said...

Chris, are those the ones at Huntly House?

Chris said...

Scott - they are in the Museum of Edinburgh - bottom end of the Royal Mile.

http://www.cac.org.uk/venues/museumEd.htm

I've just looked it up and found it used to be called Huntly House. Nice one.

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/internet/leisure/museums_and_galleries/CEC_museum_of_edinburgh