Once upon a time, you probably got a phone call from a friend who asked you to be their wingman one Saturday night. This would involve a practice known as “clubbing” where you proceed to bounce around from one bar to the next.
The ultimate goal of such a night on the town was to get drunk, dance and hopefully end up taking someone home. Suffice it to say, you might not have sealed the deal as many times as you’d like, but you probably had a blast making the attempt.
Fast forward to the present moment, and hopefully those days of heavy drinking and partying are behind you. But, this doesn’t mean you should retire the idea of clubbing. You just have to do the right kind. And that involves classical training tools.
Restorative Arts to the Rescue
At this point in your life, you are in a position where being jacked and ripped to shreds is fine and dandy, but being able to move gracefully and without pain should be higher on the priority list.
Doing an HGH and testosterone cycle, and visiting our anti-aging clinic can get you headed in the right direction. But you still need to seal the deal on your own. And that takes the right balance of discipline and physical literacy.
Dumbbells and weighted barbells are great for building raw strength in this instance, but there is another dimension of training that can add the whipped cream to your peaches. It’s called restorative arts and it involves Indian clubs.
What is Restorative Arts?
As the name implies, restorative arts helps “restore” the function of your body. Especially the wrists, elbows, shoulders and even fingers. It was done hundreds of years ago by military troops, colleges, high schools and YMCAs across the nation.
The object was to improve posture and keep the upper body as spry and in as good standing as possible. Remember, things were different back then. People were hard workers. Manual labor ruled the work force, plus there were wars going on around the clock.
People had to be ready for said circumstances to appear in case they were drafted or their job became even more demanding. Fitness in general was taken more seriously, and they had to find ways to stay as strong and resilient as possible.
The heavy weight banging that you see today was the exception, not the norm. There was a lot more emphasis on being able to move well, fight well and recover quickly. And that’s where the Indian clubs came in. They were integral tools in this whole ideal.
Benefits of Indian Clubs
When you are mashing away with heavy weights, you place a high amount of load on your joints and connective tissue. When you are in your 20s, it’s no big deal. But years of grinding can take its toll and leave you regretting your decision to out-max your friend’s bench press on the daily when you were going through college.
And this is one of the main benefits of Indian clubs. But before we get to that, you should first know what they look like.
They are shaped like bowling pins and are made out of wood or polyurethane. Unlike linear movements like biceps curls, you move them around your upper body in circles, spirals and figure-eight patterns.
By doing this, you create a high amount of oxygen-rich blood flow to your joints. This then causes them to become stronger, heal faster from injuries and you also prevent future injuries from occurring.
And to make the story even happier, you will strengthen your joints and neighboring subsystem muscles. Then, if you do still want to lift heavy, you will be able to handle more loads by default.
Another benefit of clubs is they create decompression. When you perform a drill like straight arm circles, where your arms are fully extended, you get a reverse pull on your joints. This comes in handy after doing an exercise like military presses.
When you are pushing a weight up against gravity, you are getting compression. Then when you swing clubs, you are decompressing. So there is a perfect balance here that enables you to recover faster between sets.
Lastly, every time you cross the midline of your body with an exercise, your brain gets fired up like a Christmas tree. A high majority of patterns performed with Indian clubs involve this motion.
This then causes you to get a positive effect on your brain as well as your body. And it can transfer across to your daily life when critical thinking skills are needed. Plus, it can keep your brain sharper as you get up in age.
Where to Start
The best way to get started with anything that’s hard to do but has a high reward is seeking out an expert. If you looked online or went to YouTube, you would see a handful of people using clubs and acting like they know what they’re talking about.
But far too often, the waters are muddy, and these people think they’re experts, but they’re not. And you being a newbie to Indian clubs can easily get fooled because you probably don’t know what good form even looks like.
The good news is, I have been studying and practicing Indian clubs for years and DO know what I’m talking about. If you want to learn how to use them, hit me up. I can show you what size to get started with, how to do basic moves and give you further insight on why you need to use them every single day.
Be Real With Yourself
The truth is, there’s nothing wrong with being strong and muscled up. But that story won’t have a happy ending if you neglect the smaller things in fitness like your ability to function.
Adding Indian clubs to your daily routine can be one of the biggest game changers you ever came across. Not only can this enable you to perform better with your iron pumping workouts, but it can also instantly reset your shoulders and brain in the middle of a busy workday. Then you have the best of both worlds.