How Did the “Dumbbell” Get its Name and Where Did the Exercising Weight Come From?

A dumbbell is a silent bell devised to strengthen the men who rang very large church bells.

At Canterbury in the Middle Ages, it took twenty-four men to ring one bell.

To build up strength, and develop their skills, novices used a silent or “dumb” bell, which was a heavy weight suspended by a rope from a pulley on a scaffold.

People wanting to build up their physiques soon copied with dumbbells of their own.