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[Editor’s note: This is possibly what happened]
A little known factoid about Saint Valentine is that he was probably an avid kettlebeller. I’m sure that’s the story I heard. He was famous for it for miles around the central Italian town of Terni, where he was born and, presumably, where he stored his exercise equipment. Seriously – please tell me you didn’t think he made greeting cards or – worse – ran a dating agency)! Anyway, what else would a young guy do to stay out of trouble in the third century?
I’m sure that was it. The middle-age Roman Kettlebell challenge was truly simpler, as you only had to swing X [X with a bar on top] ahnum-cacabulus* during mensis Februarius. Incidentally, Februarius had only recently been invented.
So that was pretty much how a young fellow might keep himself out of trouble back in the day… swing ahnum-cacabulus. *Technically, that would only be one kettlebell; I’m sure he would have had to swing ahnum-cacabuli, and X [X bar] of them!
As for myself, I am feeling body-tired after my latest round of ahnum-cacabuli, as it were. But it’s for a good cause, and I’m able to do it.
I trust that everyone will be taking it easy tomorrow and enjoying Valentine’s Day. Who knew it had its roots in an ancient fitness challenge?
Coming soon… how to keep track of lots of reps of something.