Indian clubs belong to a category of exercise and juggling equipment that was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe, the British Commonwealth and the United States. They comprise bowling-pin shaped wooden "clubs" of varying sizes and weights, which are swung in certain patterns as part of an exercise program. They can range from a few pounds each, up to special clubs that can weigh as much as 50 pounds. Indian clubs derive their name from the much larger and heavier objects of similar shape known as “meels” traditionally used by martial artists and pehlwani wrestlers in India to train for strength. The practice of swinging such clubs to develop physical fitness was first recorded in ancient Egypt and the Middle East. It was introduced to England by British soldiers who were stationed in India during the 19th century. They were used in carefully choreographed routines where the clubs were swung in unison by a group of exercisers, led by an instructor in the front, similar to modern aerobics classes. The routines varied according to the group's ability and the weight of the clubs used.
There are current physical fitness enthusiasts who have revived the popularity of Indian clubs in the modern day, citing the aerobic exercise and safety advantages over traditional free weight regimens. There are nostalgic replicas of the original clubs being manufactured, as well as modern engineering updates to the concept, such as the iron power bell. Indian clubs and iron power clubs build grip strength and core strength through rotational exercises. Rotational swings can also help rehabilitate shoulder injuries and increase flexibility.
Wooden Indian Clubs - These clubs are a great tool for rehabilitation training because they start at only 1 lb. each and allow you to safely perform rotational exercises without stressing the joints. Milled from Alder hardwood, these wooden Indian Clubs are not only functional, their beautiful too.
Iron Power Clubs and Exercise Bats - Available from 5 lbs. to 20 lbs., these are more compact and available in heavier sizes than their wooden predecessors. Exercise in comfort with their smooth, small diameter grips.
Steel Mace Bells - A great alternative to sledge hammer training, the steel mace bell can be used for cross-training with tractor tires and the round head eliminates torquing of the wrists. Mace Bells, or "Macebells", are also great for rotational training and rehabilitation training.
Steel Sledge Hammers - Achieve maximum sustained strength and cardio levels with solid steel sledge hammer training. For a great cardio workout start light, such as with a 10 lb. size, and for strength building work up to a 25 or 30 lbs. size. You’ll be surprised at just how quickly your upper body strength increases, especially your grip.
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