“Jonglieren”: Team Kettlebell Juggling in Germany (1925)

“Jonglieren”: Team Kettlebell Juggling in Germany (1925)

Each man carries a kettle-bell that weighs about 43 American pounds. These teams go through an eliminating process similar to our trial feats. The opposing teams step toward each other, carrying the kettle-bells upon the right shoulders, and go through a series of march formations to the exhilarating strains of martial music. Each team member wears the uniform and colors of the club he represents.

Görner the Mighty and his Incredible Kettlebell Two Hands Anyhow Record

Görner the Mighty and his Incredible Kettlebell Two Hands Anyhow Record

At Dresden on 25th July, 1920, Görner lifted the enormous weight of 430 lb. (a little more than 195 kilos) overhead in the Two Hands ‘Anyhow’ style, performing the feats with four kettleweights in the following manner. He first of all swung with the right hand two kettleweights, one weighing 110¼ lb. and the other 99¼ lb.

Siegmund Klein, The Kettlebell (1932)

Siegmund Klein, The Kettlebell (1932)

The “kettle-bell” has been for years a very important factor in developing strength, yet the modern weight-lifter rarely, if ever, uses it. This is partly the fault of the governing body of the International Weight-Lifting Association, for kettle-bells are not used in any contests under their auspices, hence contestants feel that it is useless to train with this “obsolete” article.