The joys of mobility which include everything from less pain, better coordination, more flexibility, better core strength or the calm that follows complex movement. These are the things you will experience when training with Indian clubs, as I did.
How I got into club swinging
When I started swinging clubs it was during a long recovery from a very bad fall from scaffolding. The programs Thierry Sanchez developed for me back in 2012 were not about the weight of the club but more about the movement and good technique. The invention of the Pahlavandle™ combined with recycling a plastic soda bottle made choosing the proper weight easy.
My Indian clubs training recommendations & tips
In the beginning, do not stress your muscles, tendons and joints by using to much weight or training for too long at a time.
”Scale it down” the more fluid the movement is, the better. I do my best to remember the general fundamentals like, letting the club be an extension of my arm whenever possible. Reach for the sky!
Remember to breathe in when the clubs swing up and breathe out when they swing down. I do my best to make sure I train in both directions, both sides and with both hands. I always try and look at the clubs turning my whole head and not just moving my eyes. This acted like a massage for my neck and took away a lot of the stress from the frustration of being broken.
Use your stomach muscles and try to keep a straight back, this allow your shoulders and hips to move. I felt this protected my lower back too.
The beauty of Indian clubs
I visualize training with Indian clubs as a type of music. The swinging movements are based on circles, or parts of it. In short, club swinging is just a series of large, medium, and small circles, with arcs and waves tied together by the momentum of the club in motion.
It’s quite beautiful actually, because the movements can be very simple or complicated, and you can change the tempo. This unleashes the laws of Physics and centripetal forces. Suddenly that light club you were swinging generates lots of forces, pulling you off balance.
Right from the beginning you will get the urge to free style and incorporate squats, switching directions and swing behind the back. Moving our body in this way, we light up parts of your brain we don’t use as often as we should.
Like dancing, you can always add a move to make a routine more interesting or complicated or just keep repeating to work up a sweat.
It’s limitless. Its magical. You’re going to love it as much as I do!
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