Vodka pickle juice and kettlebells
Angela N. Blountís review of The Russian Kettlebell Challenge: Xtreme Fitness for Hard Living Comrades
Vodka, Pickle Juice, Kettlebell Lifting, and Other Russian Pastimes.
When our Masters, Seniors, and Team Leaders checked into their hotel rooms before our recent meeting, each was greeted by a bottle of vodka, a jar of pickles, and a note welcoming them to the Phase II of the Russian kettlebell invasion. Up until that point, it had been easier to find honest arm measurements than a kettlebell, as Dr. Randall Strossen put it. Fast-forward fifteen years. Today you would be hard pressed to find a gym in the United States that does not have kettlebells.
At first, Vicky Wilson stared at the curious-looking, flat-bottomed cannon ball with a handle. In the high-tech world of fitness, the cast iron kettlebell was not sleek or sexy. It seemed intimidating. That was three months ago. Today, Wilson, a year-old stay-at-home mother of three, grabs hold of an pound kettlebell with both hands and circles it around her head several times ó known as the halo maneuver ó to warm up her shoulders. Wilson, like many others around the country, is discovering the newest fitness trend that dates back several centuries in Russia. For comrades who really like to throw their weight around, kettlebells go up to 48 kg pounds.