If you have been spending time at your local Crossfit gym, I bet you've heard the term pood thrown around a time or two. "What in the world is a pood?" is a common question for folks new to the kettlebell.
What is a pood?
The term 'Pood' is a unit of weight measurement that originated in Russia along with the kettlebell.
'Pood' is a unit equal to 40 funt (фунт, Russian Pound). A funt is a Russian pound.
The USSR legally moved away from the term pood as a standard weight of measurement in 1924. Still, the term is seeing a significant revival recently as seeing extensive use as a unit of measure for kettlebells and in Crossfit.
Here you can find a more detailed history of the pood weight measurement.
What does a pood convert to in Pound and kilograms?
Often you will see a Crossfit workout call for 1 Pood, 1.5 Pood, or 2 Pood.
1 pood = 16.3807 kilograms = 36.121 pounds
One pood is closest to a 16kg kettlebell, 1.5 pood is closest to a 24kg kettlebell, and two pood is closest to a 32kg kettlebell.
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Here is a helpful pound to kilogram to pood conversion table:
Common Kettlebell Weights and their Kilogram & Pood Conversions
Other facts and interesting information about the pood
Here are some other fascinating usages of the term 'pood' today outside of the kettlebell and Crossfit world that you can throw around if you want to be the weirdo at your gym:
Pood is sometimes used to weigh and report bulk agriculture, such as wheat and potatoes.
"Hundred of poods" is a Russian term used to express that you're dead serious. It's similar to "honest to God," "I'm 100% sure," and is meant to add weight to the statement.
"nudy na pudy" is a Polish idiom meaning "I'm incredibly bored," or "You could measure my boredom in poods."
"You know a man when you have eaten a pood of salt with him." is an old Russian proverb. Meaning that it's nice to know that no matter where you come from, your grandpa's phrases are hard to understand, but that's neither here nor there.
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