Music mogul, vodka salesman and sometime rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs was arrested this week at UCLA where his son plays football. Diddy’s transgression? He allegedly assaulted an unidentified person (maybe a coach) at the university with a kettlebell. This obviously leads people to ask a lot of questions, but the biggest one is: what in hell is a kettlebell? Is kettlebell now going to be the new bad-ass Hollywood weapon, the nunchucks of the 21st century? After all, Diddy makes his living as a trendsetter. (Have a Ciroc, why don’t you?)
Well a kettlebell is a large round heavy weight like a cannonball — with a handle. It’s for strength, flexibility and cardio training. Here’s a page full of Kettlebells you can buy if you want to be like Diddy. In Russian (in case a movie villain uses it) a kettlebell is called a girya. (The kettlebell, or girya, was invented in Russia in the 18th century.) The Russians consider kettlebell lifting a distinct sport. Another question is did Diddy first say to his victim, before he started swinging his kettleball: c’mon, step into the circle?