A kettlebell or girya is a cast iron weight looking somewhat like a cannonball with a handle. Sizes that range from 5 lbs to 175 lbs, but the traditional Russian kettlebell is usually one which weighs 1 Pood (roughly 35lbs). Unlike traditional dumbbells, the kettlebell’s center of mass is extended beyond the hand; this allows for swing movements not possible with traditional dumbbells. Because more muscle groups are utilized in the swinging and movement of a kettlebell than during the lifting of dumbbells a kettlebell workout is sometimes claimed to be more effective.

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