Active recovery has been found to help improve performance in athletes more so than passive recovery. In plain language, it means that snoozing is great, but light physical activity can even be better.
Recovery involves more than muscle repair. Other factors involved in recovery include hormonal balance, nervous system repair, mental state… What’s more is that the training stress is cumulative, and all that goes on in your personal life also adds up.
I remember reading a study a few years back mentioning that even creative activities like painting or a visit to a museum was better for athletes than just relaxing and sleeping. It seems that involving the brain in the recovery process has its place.
Light Indian clubs are a fantastic tool for active recovery. They help the recovery process due to the light intensity exercise they provide. They also nourish the joints, improve flexibility, and challenge the brain with complex movements, like juggling.
The role of Indian clubs
Lot of people misunderstand the role of light Indian clubs. They are easily dismissed as “too light” when the focus of a typical training session is about lifting heavier weights. Light club swinging is a skill practice, more than strength training. Remember that recovery is the other side of the coin of strength training. If you train hard, you need to recover well to adapt and become stronger.
If swinging for recovery, keep your Pahlavandle™ on the light side, somewhere from 750g to 1,25kg.
There is a reason restorative arts like Tai chi or yoga are hugely popular. Those activities provide the needed balance to the stress of life and strength training. The goal of those practices is gentle movement while turning focus inwards and quietening the mind.
What do Indian clubs do?
Indian club swinging challenges coordination and rhythm. Both sides of the body work sometimes independently or even out of sync. Go a step further, add locomotion in the mix to integrate the upper and lower body. Now you can really play, move in 3 dimensions fully unrestricted, forget everything else and let everything around you disappear… Our video tutorials show you step by step how to get there.
You can swing light clubs everyday, without wearing the body down, and keep doing so right into old age, making training with Indian clubs a truly sustainable and healthy form of training.