Kilkenny Kettlebell Club was set up in 2009. Class participants range in age from 16-55 years old. Classes run in association with Kilkenny Kettlebell Club are geared both for those who who wish to workout with kettlebells as part as their fitness regime and for the more serious kettlebell enthusiasts who wish to take part in  kettlebell sport competitions. Kettlebell Sport is also known as girevoy sport.

Find out more about our classes here.

Why kettlebells ?

A kettlebell is a fantastic tool due to the handle being outside of the mass of the bell. This creates an extra axis for movements like a swing and snatch, meaning the body has to overcome and develop as well as absorb momentum. They are completely versatile and have been described as a hand held gym.

Because of the great versatility of kettlebell training, it allows you to structure your training program to what ever your personal needs are, from weight loss, body toning, muscle gain, increase of power. Eddie Sheehan uses kettlebell training extensively in his personal training programs for his clients and has been able to help improve their cardiovascular training, range of motion in joints and injury rehabilitation.
As you will soon see for yourself that a regular training program with kettlebells will increase your physical attributes in everyway. Often called “what the hell effect”, you will find that when you go back to your normal exercise program, whether it is weight lifting to marathon running, kettlebells will have improved your performance. See our Kettlebell Research Page to see the study conducted by the American Council on Exercise ACE on the effectiveness of kettlebell training. 

Kettlebell History
A kettlebell or Russian girya is a traditional Russian training tool. They have been used by strongmen for 100’s of years. They first appeared in a Russian dictionary in 1704. Practitioners were called gireviks or kettlebell men. Strongmen from all over Europe trained with them at the turn of the 19 century. This training method was not unique to the Russian strongmen. The shaolin monks used a concrete block with an iron bar to swing and throw similar to kettlebells. The Mongolian army was said to use devices similar to kettlebells that they would bring with them wherever they went so they could keep their army fighting fit. The Scottish also had similar training devices for strength and power training. Throughout the world in times gone by people have used kettlebell training methods to strengthen there bodies.

Today kettlebells are being used by Russian weightlifters, athletes and military personnel. They are currently used by the US military and special forces. Professional athletes are becoming aware of the great benefits to kettlebell training and now even football clubs in the UK premier league and A-list Hollywood stars are using its training methods. People from all walks of life are now using kettlebells.

“So they were burning at least 20.2 calories per minute, which is off the charts. That’s equivalent to running a 6-minute mile pace. The only other thing I could find that burns that many calories is cross country skiing up hill at a fast pace.”
(Click on picture to the right to read the article from ACE Fitness Matters Jan/Feb 2010)

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