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Indian Clubs, Power Clubs & Sledge Hammers

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.

Are you looking to start a sledge hammer strength training routine? Sledgehammer training is an effective whole body exercise, and is increasing in popularity with crossfit, strongman, and fitness cross-training.


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10 lb Iron Power Club Pair
Iron Power Clubs - 10 lb. (Pair) -- Apollo Athletics (IC-BELL-10-P)
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Iron Power Clubs - 10 lb. (Pair) -- Apollo Athletics (IC-BELL-10-P)
Steel Cross-Training Sledge Hammer
Steel Cross-Training Sledge Hammer - 30 lb. -- Apollo Athletics (S-HAMMER-30)
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Steel Cross-Training Sledge Hammer - 30 lb. -- Apollo Athletics (S-HAMMER-30)
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