|A Russian strongman w/ kettlebell|
So, I being single at the time, I became friendly with her. And one day, I spotted her working out with with these odd weights that looked to me like cannonballs. So, I asked her about them.
She graciously took her time, and explained to me that they were called kettlebells, and originated in Russia -- though the Ottoman Turks used similar exercise systems as well. Russian exercise guru Pavel Tsatsouline brought the kettlebell craze to the West with his classic book on kettlebessl, Enter The Kettlebell! Strength Secret of The Soviet Supermen.
Like so much in fitness, Pavel was a bit of hype. He claimed it was the fasted way to strength and power. But much of that could have been fluffery. He is, after all, a marketer...