Kettlebellers from Belarus Set New World Records

Kettlebells go as far back as Greece. In fact, at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, in Athens Greece, a 143 kg kettlebell (Uh, that would be a little over 315 lbs. folks. Don’t try that at home.) is stored with an inscription which says, “Bibon heaved up me above a head by one head”.

Originally, they were used as counterweights to weigh grain and other agricultural goods. On one side of the scale was the kettlebell. On the other was the container for the grain or other product. When the scales balanced, the grain met the same weight as the kettlebell.kettbell_counterweight

But well, it is after all a weight with a handle. So, you can’t just expect guys to leave it alone could you?

Anyway, the hard-working agricultural class of Russia naturally valued strength. So kettlebells really took off as a weight for lifting in Russia. On December 26th in Minsk this was affirmed once again as Belarusian and Russian kettlebell lifters set three world records in Vitebsk, Belarus.

Vyacheslav Khoroneko, kettlebeller from Belarus reported that the records had been set at the Vitebsk State Technological University:

“Applications concerning our bid to set these records were earlier sent to, and accepted by, the Guinness Book of World Records. The application included the names of these very people, the exact date of the possible record and the place where the record could be set,” noted Khoroneko.

The 3 records were set by:

  1. Anatoly Yezhov, 67, from Russia’s Arkhangelsk, performed a set of jerks with two kettlebells, each weighing 23.4kg which is equal to nearly 52 pounds. He managed to lift them 171 times in one minute. The total weight he lifted was an amazing 8.208 tons in one minute!
  2. Sergei Trofimov, 55, from Minsk, lifted one 24.3kg kettlebell  (52 lbs.) 1,230 times, switching hands, in the course of 60 minutes. He lifted 29.889 tons in total.
  3. Vyacheslav Khoroneko, 52, lifted a 16.3kg kettlebell (nearly 36 lbs.) 2,009 times, switching hands, also in the course 60 minutes. He lifted a total of 32.744 tons. This Belarusian broke the record previously set by St. Petersburg resident Sergei Rachinsky, who had lifted the kettlebell 1,861 times.

As noted by Khoroneko, the athletes complied with all rules set out by the Guinness Book of World Records. The documents certifying their records are expected to come from London in mid-January 2014.

So, congratulations kettlebellers. Keep on lifting.

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