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By: Oldtime Strongman  09-12-2011

LIFE.. with only 2 pounds of wood'

Now You Too Can Build Stronger, Healthier Shoulders (and a
Whole Lot More) with a 5000-year old Indian Tradition

"I didn't think so either..until I tried them.." Every workout, there you are, pushing and pulling heavy weights (which is definitely a good thing), but there's more to it than strengthening the muscles alone. You must maintain stronger joints as well. After all, when you lift weights, you can only lift them in straight lines..but your body moves and functions in a circular manner.  This is especially true for the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder. Think of how many different directions you can move your arm and how few of them you can reach with "weights" alone.There's no question that the shoulder girdle is by far one of the most movable areas of the body but it is also one of the most fragile. Regardless of how you use your body, it is very important to keep the shoulders strong, loose, and flexible. But many people never fully develop their natural shoulder girdle mobility and muscular balance. Let me tell you about a simple training technique that will help..

The 5000 Year-Old Tradition That Makes You Stronger..
More Flexible.. AND Saves Your Shoulders

Several thousand years ago, Indian wrestlers and warriors prepared themselves for battle by swinging wooden "clubs" to condition their bodies and build upper-body strength. This practice spread amongst many different countries throughout the ensuing centuries - club swinging of various forms can be found in just about every middle-eastern and Asian country.

In the 1800's, British soldiers started practicing "Indian Club" techniques and brought them back to Europe where the clubs became part of the physical culture tradition. Subsequently, European immigrants then brought Indian Club training to American shores. Club swinging was adopted into American school physical education programs and military physical readiness training. In the early 20th century, many students began their day with a few minutes of club swinging to wake up mind and body. Utilizing a series of graceful swinging movements, Indian Club training was a simple method for individuals to build stronger, healthier bodies while promoting joint integrity and improving overall strength. Sadly, Indian Club training fell out of favor (at least on these shores) some time around the 1920's but fortunately they did not disappear forever..

Indian boys are generally introduced to the clubs
around 10 years of age and expected to practice
daily.  Regular bouts of physical training are
thought to benefit growing bodies  This image dates to the early 1900's

A NEW Era: Ancient Training Techniques for Modern Results

The benefits of club swinging are endless..  and now you can bring this ancient tradition into your own workout with our New Traditional Wooden Indian Clubs. These clubs are light and portable - these classic clubs are only 17 inches in length, so they will easily fit into your gym bag. This makes Indian Club swinging an exercise you can do wherever you want. You simply need a space big enough to let you swing the clubs without interference. But just because the clubs are light doesn't mean that you aren't going to get one hell of a workout. Our classic clubs will give even the strongest of athletes a very vigorous workout when used correctly..

Why You Can Get a Great Workout with 2 Pounds of Wood

The biggest question on your mind is undoubtedly whether you really can get a great workout with something as light as a few pounds. Think about what we are trying to do here (and keep in mind that Indian Club training is not like training with "weights" as you know it) - the clubs allow you to apply resistance in a circular manner, thus increasing posture, blood flow, and flexibility to all joints involved. Indian Clubs will help you "open" up your chest, increasing lung capacity and helping you breathe more efficiently. Remember how I mentioned the shoulder joint earlier? When the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder is made stronger, aligned, and more mobile, other joints like the wrist and elbow also benefit..and Indian Clubs can exercise the shoulder, wrist and elbow in ways not possible with traditional linear weight training. The movements are easy to learn and just a few minutes of club swinging makes you feel "solid" and ready for action. As a strength athlete, shoulder health is of the utmost importance - a few minutes of Indian Club swinging a day will keep your shoulders feeling stronger and more powerful. Indian Clubs have long been popular in the military and even today among modern combat athletes looking for greater shoulder strength and stability (see testimonial on the right). Of course, Indian Club training will benefit any athlete in any sport.

Indian Club Instructional Materials Also Included!

Just to make sure you learn the correct techniques "right out of the box," we have also included two different types of instructional materials with each Indian Club package:

Learn the Ancient Art of Indian Club
Exercises with Dr. Ed Thomas

First up is the how-to DVD "Learn the Ancient Art of Indian Club Exercises," which is hosted by Dr. Ed Thomas, a Fulbright scholar, martial artist, and physical education teacher, who has been teaching Indian club and physical education classes in schools across the country.

This instructional DVD is 35 minutes long, broken down into chapters and demonstrates
all the basic Indian Club swinging movements.  It is not a Hollywood production by any means but it will help you figure out what to do with a set of clubs in your hands.
Additionally, back in 1905, the famed strongman, gymnast and physique star Staff Sgt. Alfred Moss put together his own course on Indian Club swinging which outlines all the basic movements one by one.  We have reproduced Staff Sgt. Moss' course in poster form, making a classy addition to your gym wall. This poster is 24 inches x 36 inches, landscape oriented, printed on heavy, glossy, high-quality poster stock but also digitally "aged" giving it an oldtime look and feel.

Simple Indian Club Exercises Instructional
Poster by Staff Sgt. Moss

This poster looks like it would be right at home in Sig Klein's Gym or the old Hemenway Gymnasium at the turn of the century.  You can get your own poster with all Indian Club sets ordered from us as a special bonus although they can also be purchased seperately.

Indian Clubs: Something your workout has been missing

If you are ready to add Indian Clubs to your routine, look no further than our Classic Wooden Indian Club package. These clubs have a traditional look with a quality finish - dark brown, almost cherry -- and great for general use.  As indicated above, every set of Indian clubs comes bundled with the Ed Thomas instructional DVD and Staff Sgt. Moss poster as well. Do NOT underestimate these clubs because of their seemingly light weight.  They will give you a great workout, regardless of your strength. When we first received these clubs, I picked up the clubs and gave them a try. I broke a sweat just minutes into the routine. For such a small amount of weight, they sure do make you work.One additional note about the clubs - they are hand-turned from solid wood, and as with any handmade, natural product they may have small imperfections. Rest assured that these slight differences in the cosmetic appearance of the clubs will not affect their functionality in any way. Training with Indian clubs is a great way to improve your overall physical strength, flexibility, and shoulder integrity. They are portable, easy to pick up and use, and will produce results almost immediately. No matter what your age or ability level, these clubs are an excellent workout. Pick up your set today!

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