Did you ever get that really excited feeling in your stomach when you came upon something really cool?
It’s sort of like when you’re a kid and you get your first set of Lincoln Logs. You end up scattering pieces everywhere and coming up with all kinds of combinations of buildings until you are forced to go to bed.
Well that pretty much sums up the Indian club journey for me; a journey that is far from over. In fact, I’m just getting started. And I’d like to share with you what these tools are and why you need to get them in your hands ASAP!
Indian Club History
I’m a firm believer in living in the present moment. What’s done is done and what hasn’t happened yet doesn’t even really matter. But, we can all learn something from classic history when it comes to fitness.
Indian clubs date back thousands of years where they were used by Persian wrestlers to strengthen the upper body and improve coordination. In Britain, clubs became regular training tools to improve the strength and dexterity of military forces. Fast forward to the 1,800s and clubs arrived in America.
They became so popular that you’d be hard pressed to find a school, university, fitness center or military base that didn’t have them. They were even used in the 1904 and 1932 Olympics!
Indian Club Benefits
The graceful, picturesque movements deployed during club swinging are based off three patterns—circles, spirals and figure 8s. This is where the secret sauce of indian clubs really comes to the surface.
Back in history, people spent a great deal of time using indian clubs and orchestrating routines based off the three movements. This type of training brings a wealth of benefits to the body.
Obviously you experience better movement ability, but that only scratches the surface. You also experience improved flexibility, straighter posture, injury prevention and correction of the shoulder, and better brain function.
The brain function part is due to crossing the midline of your body. Any time you cross the midline, you automatically get a high amount of neurological load, which improves memory and brain function.
Couple this with the fact that you need to concentrate really hard when you’re wielding clubs, and you get even more of a brain game. Think of it as learning a musical instrument.
You have to deal with complex patterns and memorization of new skill sets at the same time. The end result is a high amount of brain stimulation that you will never get from squatting or bench pressing twice your body weight.
Lastly, Indian clubs are uber good for sport performance; especially sports involving racquets and circular motions of the arm like golf, tennis, swimming, lacrosse, baseball, football and racquetball. If you ever heard the term “sport specificity” then you know how this works. By training your body with similar patterns that you do in a sport, you get better at it.
Indian Club Sizes
Often times, people like to grab the heaviest weights they can and grind through set after set. That’s great if you want to be slouched over and in pain when you get up in years. With Indian clubs, it’s not about the weight. Sure you can work your way up in weight as you go along, but I always say, you have to earn it.
In reality, you will never need more than 1-lb clubs to get all the benefits they have to offer. Additionally, unlike other training methods, you can use them every single day. In fact, I highly encourage it! Remember, it’s like playing an instrument. The more you practice, the better you’ll become.
If you’re looking to get your hands dirty with a new trend that is right on the cusp of blowing up bigtime, then clubs are for you. Aside from kettlebells, they are definitely the biggest game changers I have ever come across.
If you should have any questions, feel free to hit me up any time. For now, remember to always start small and grow tall. Club swinging is very much like an art form. Don’t try to do too much too soon or you will get discouraged. You have plenty of time to become a craftsman. Slow and steady is the name of this game.