Development of kettlebells

In 1948, the modern kettlebell lift became a national sport in the Soviet Union. In the 1970s, kettlebell lifting became part of the USSR US All-State Athletic Association, and in 1974 many of the republics of the Soviet Union declared kettlebell sport a “national sport” and in 1985 finalized the Soviet rules, regulations and weight categories

The dark humor is that in just six years—the Soviet Union disintegrated on December 25, 1991, its member countries turned against the West one after another, abandoning their past as a member of the Soviet Union, and the heavy industry that the Soviet Union was proud of was also lost to the later Russian oligarchs. Dismemberment, but this proud and glorious “national sport” kettlebell continues to this day in Russia, Eastern Europe and other countries. In 1986, the Soviet Union’s “Weightlifting Yearbook” commented on kettlebells, “In the history of our sports, it is difficult to find a sport that is more deeply rooted in people’s hearts than kettlebells.”

The Russian military requires recruits to train kettlebells, which continues to this day, and the U.S. military has also fully introduced kettlebells into its own military combat training system. It can be seen that the efficiency of kettlebells is widely recognized. Although kettlebells appeared in the United States a long time ago, they have always been relatively small. However, the publication of the article “Kettlebells-Russian Pastime” in the United States in 1998 ignited the popularity of kettlebells in the United States.


After many developments, the kettlebell committee was established in 1985, and it has officially become a formal sports event with competition rules. Today, it has become an indispensable third type of free strength equipment in the fitness field. Its value is reflected in muscle endurance, muscle strength, explosive power, cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility, muscle hypertrophy, and fat loss.  Today, kettlebells are spreading all over the world because of their portability, functionality, variety, and high efficiency. The once proud “national movement” of the Soviet Union has been emulated by people from all over the world.

Post time: Dec-12-2022