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Q: Celebrities who use kettlebells ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Celebrities who use kettlebells
Category: Health > Fitness and Nutrition
Asked by: varadagirl-ga
List Price: $150.00
Posted: 14 Jul 2006 11:41 PDT
Expires: 13 Aug 2006 11:41 PDT
Question ID: 746360
I would like a list of living celebrities who work out with (or have
worked out with) kettlebells.

Clarification of Question by varadagirl-ga on 18 Jul 2006 12:24 PDT
I would like a list of living celebrities (from Russian and the US)
who work out with (or have worked out with) kettlebells.

Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 18 Jul 2006 12:30 PDT
How many celebrities would be an acceptable answer to your question?
Subject: Re: Celebrities who use kettlebells
Answered By: umiat-ga on 18 Jul 2006 15:41 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello, varadagirl-ga! 

 I have only been able to come up with a short list of names,
primarily because celebrities often do not make mention of their
workout routines and, as a rule, celebrity trainers are closed-mouthed
as well. Unless a famous name comes up in conjunction with a product,
or a celebrity makes mention of their training routine in an
interview, there are no parameters with which to search.

 The following names have popped up! I hope you can use them!


BJ Penn - Welterweight UFC champion

Ed O'Neil - Actor

"Welterweight UFC champion BJ Penn uses kettlebells to ramp up his
muscular endurance for killer MMA battles. The benefits of kettlebell
training having even reached Hollywood as actor Ed O'Neil well known
for his role as Al Bundy on the hit comedy sitcom "Married With
Children" (Imagine Al doing Kb snatches!) is a big fan of kettlebell


Reggie Saunders - Pro Baseball

Check out the following article on professional baseball player Reggie
Saunders and kettlebell training:


Sasha Roiz - Actor

Shawn is without a doubt one of the most talented trainers out there.
His Kettlebell and bodyweight training is far and beyond anything else
I have seen. No matter what my schedule, whenever I am in Montreal I
make sure to book some time with him."
Sasha Roiz

Actor- Playmakers-The Day After Tomorrow-Show Me Yours


Sylvester Stallone - Actor

Penelope Cruz - Actor

Paige Adams-Geller - Model

"Celebrities, such as Sylvester Stallone, Penelope Cruz and model
Paige Adams-Geller (with best butt in the business) are taking
advantage of training with the Kettlebell."


Chris Pontius - actor

"Chris Pontius, star of hit MTV shows Wild Boyz and Jackass, to lend
his efforts and support to the cause. Chris is a very cool,
down-to-earth guy who loves kettlebell training and is always up for
supporting good causes."

Kettlebell Clean and Press Challenge


Bruce Lee - Actor

Lance Armstrong - Athlete

"Today they are currently being used by Athletes, martial artist,
movie stars, SWAT teams and the military. Sylvester Stallone, Penelope
Cruz and Lance Armstrong are known to train with Kettlebells. Even
Bruce Lee worked out his lats with a kettlebell."


Matthew McConaughey - Actor

Jennifer Lopez - Actor

"The kettlebell craze has already spread to Hollywood where
celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer
Lopez and Penelope Cruz have taken to them."


Kim Katrell - Actor

"Stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz,
Sylvester Stallone and Kim Cattrall keep their Hollywood figures with


Kim Basinger - Actor

The Daily Mail July 10th 2006:

"Enter the kettlebell the latest Hollywood trend and an express route
to turbo-charge fitness and some serious fat-burning... They now come
in woman-friendly sizes (about 8kg) and everyone from J-Lo to Penelope
Cruz, Kim Cattrell and Kim Basinger has been swinging, snatching and
pressing with them.."


 If I can clarify anything further for you, please don't hesitate to
ask and I will see what I can find!



actor AND kettlebells
actress AND kettlebells
famous AND kettlebells
celebrity AND kettlebells
well known AND kettlebell
athlete AND kettlebells
hollywood workout with kettlebells
kettlebell training celebrity

Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 18 Jul 2006 17:33 PDT
Please excuse my reference to Bruce Lee. He has passed away.

Request for Answer Clarification by varadagirl-ga on 19 Jul 2006 12:14 PDT
Hi umiat-ga.  This is great!  I think this list if names is good for
now.  Thank you!

Request for Answer Clarification by varadagirl-ga on 19 Jul 2006 12:17 PDT
Hi again umiat-ga!  Sorry, but I just noticed that in your parameters,
you didn't include "Russian" actors... Could you provide some Russian
celebrity names before we close this session, please?  Thanks!

Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 19 Jul 2006 14:39 PDT
I will certainly see if I can find some Russian celebrities. Stay tuned.

Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 19 Jul 2006 17:39 PDT
Hello again, varadagirl!

 This is ALL I could find, and it isn't much! Maybe it will help a bit.

Varya Akulova, world's strongest girl.

"Today Larisa can lift 6 kettlebells at one time, a total weight of
about 225 lbs (110 kilograms)...Within the past 6 months, Varya has
lifted 3 people on her back while lifting 3 kettlebells off the ground
at the same time.....What equipment does Varya use in training? She
mainly uses good old fashioned kettlebells..."


The following excerpt lists some Russian athletes who have used
kettlebells but they are not necessarily of celebrity status. I also
cannot verify much of anything further about the names mentioned in
this excerpt:

"Kettlebells come in 'poods'. A pood is an old Russian measure of
weight which equals 16kg, or 36 pounds. There are one, one and a half,
and two pood K-bells, 16, 24, and 32kg respectively. Occasionally
heavier K-bells, or 'bulldogs', are custom made for the greats of
Russian sports and circus. Yuri Vlasov made K-bells an integral part
of his championship regimen and was very upset when someone stole his
56kg giryas. Sixty-year old circus strongman Valentin Dikul who
recently pulled a semi-official All Time Historic Deadlift of 460kg  -
I say semi-official because it was the Guinness people rather than the
International Powerlifting Federation who certified it  - spends a
lion's share of his training time with heavy kettlebells."

"Peter Kryloff, a Russian old timer famous for jerking overhead two
beefy soldiers who sat inside two hollow spheres on the ends of
Kryloff's specially made barbell, even was nicknamed 'the King of
Kettlebells' after his favorite tool of strength development. Many
famous Soviet weightlifters, such as Vorobyev, Vlasov, Alexeyev, and
Stogov, started their Olympic careers with old-fashioned kettlebells.
Recalls two times Olympic champion and world record holder Leonid
Zhabotinskiy: "We kids got into the habit of visiting the local
blacksmith. Among the metal scrap in his shop we found a one pood
kettlebell. So we tried real hard lifting it with one arm, then with
the other, so we would hurt all over the day after! "It was my first
competition in lifting weights."

From The Desk Of Clarence Bass.


 About Yuri Vlasov (still alive from what I can tell!)


 I cannot verify whether Valentin Diku is still alive, but I have not
seen anything about his death:

"Valentin Dikul, was a trapeze artist in the Russian circus.  In his
twenties he fell and broke his neck, which left him almost
quadriplegic. I think he had partial use of one arm only, not the
other arm and no legs. He was told the damage was permanent,
incurable.  He refused to accept the doctors' verdict and started
doing exercises he designed for himself. After a long time and a lot
of hard work he succeeded, and went back to the circus working as a
strongman.  In his fifties and sixties he lifted 460 Kg, i.e. SQ and
DL of 1012 pounds.  He also runs a medical clinic, teaching people who
were paralysed in accidents how to walk again."


Search Strategy

russian actor kettlebells
russia AND actress OR actor AND kettlebells
russian athletes AND kettlebells
russian celebrity AND kettlebells

Request for Answer Clarification by varadagirl-ga on 20 Jul 2006 10:52 PDT
Thanks again umiat-ga!  We should be good now.  I appreciate your help!

Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 20 Jul 2006 11:00 PDT
Thank you!
varadagirl-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Celebrities who use kettlebells
From: myoarin-ga on 21 Jul 2006 03:27 PDT
I am sure Umiat-ga would appreciate it if you rated her answer, since
you seem quite pleased with it.
IF you have seen this, you will see a request that you do so.

I have to wonder if any of the celebrities only used kettleballs to
help promote their use, but we will never know.
Subject: Re: Celebrities who use kettlebells
From: umiat-ga on 26 Jul 2006 20:06 PDT
Thank you for such a nice rating, varadagirl-ga!

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