They’re called cowbells, cattlebells and kettleballs, but there’s a good reason for the kettlebell name:
Would you believe it all began with the church? For centuries, church bells were rung through the laborious act of pulling levers that were strung through wheels and attached to the bells. The largest bells weighed as much as three tons, thus requiring a team of qualified men possessing great strength, skill and coordination to generate the proper sound. In an effort to perfect the technique, bell-ringers would practice with non-clapper bells, called “dumb-bells“.
Similarly, would-be strongmen utilized old or leaky cast iron cooking kettles as rudimentary weights.
By filling the kettles with sand, soil, or lead shot, they became load-adjustable strength-training tools, which could be lifted, pulled or swung about. In time, the name “kettlebell” was coined and kettlebell
strength training came about.
Today, kettlebells are not just for those that want to possess brute strength.
Their very form is perfect for more natural motion and thus are used in workouts to create strong, balanced and graceful physiques.