There seems to be a lot of debate concerning whether the iron weights called Russian kettlebells are the same as the iron weights Scottish kettlebells. In fact, the discussion turns a bit nasty at times for some reason that's difficult to understand. To misquote the Bard: an iron weight by any other name is still an iron weight.
Scottish Kettlebells – Iron by Any Other Name…
But for those who like to know all sides of an issue, the controversy is over the origins of the Scottish kettlebells. Some people claim the kettlebells developed from the sport of curling. Others say the Russian strongmen were the first to use kettlebells for building muscle strength.
The history of Scottish kettlebells is very interesting. The legend says the people in the Scottish Highlands played curling with stones and brooms. The stones were too cold to handle in the winter so they added handles to the stones. Then Scottish wrestlers then used the handled stones for training.
It really doesn't matter where kettlebells originated. What matters is they work extremely well for developing muscle strength, but not for isolated muscles. Scottish kettlebells or Russian kettlebells can deliver over all conditioning if used with proper technique.
There are some concerns that pop up about using Scottish kettlebells. Some people are concerned about the potential for injury due to the weight of the bells. Others wonder if they are appropriate for women to use in a fitness regimen.
First, injuries are not likely if you follow the right procedures. The truth is all exercise equipment has a risk of injury – even the stationary bicycle! When you start any exercise program it is advisable to seek professional assistance in the beginning. A certified trainer can teach you how to use the Russian or Scottish kettlebells correctly including maintaining the right stance, posture and muscle tension.
Second, women should incorporate Scottish kettlebells into training programs also. The weights can be purchased at 8 pounds, but some companies make even lower beginner weights. Women are often concerned about whether they will develop bulky muscles, but women's bodies do not produce enough testosterone so it's not an issue.
Call It What You Will
Call them Scottish kettlebells or call them Russian kettlebells – a name doesn't make the weights any less productive. The kettlebells are designed to make body muscle groups work together in a coordinated manner. This means that all the system functions, including breathing and cardiovascular functioning, must contribute to the program.
The result is a multi-level exercise program that tones, strengthens and burns fat at the same time. You can do the exercises at home if you like privacy, or you can do them at the fitness center. The Scottish kettlebells can be used for functional training also for sport specific agility and stamina.
After learning proper technique, the next step is to develop a strength training program that is challenging without being defeating. Establishing the right volume, which is number of repetitions and number of sets, helps to keep you on track towards a specific goal.
Scottish kettlebells and Russian kettlebells can be called anything you want to call them. All that is really important is they work.