Kettlebells are relatively new to the United States. Pavel Tsatsouline, once a physical training instructor in the former Soviet Union, is widely recognized as the Modern King of Kettlebells. His 1998 article in the journal Milo, titled “Vodka, Pickle Juice, Kettlebell Lifting, and other Russian Pastimes,” served as the launching pad for kettlebells in America.
However, those weights that resemble cannonballs with handles have been used in Russia since the 1700s. Archaeologists have even found evidence that kettlebells existed in ancient Greece. Originally used to weigh crops and show feats of strength, kettlebells were eventually used as exercise tools as they are today.