Heavy Indian club exercises

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What do you picture when I mention heavy Indian club exercises?
Probably a scene where swinging 2 large meels or joris are performed?
While it is common within the steel club community to train with a single club, many wooden Indian club practitioners dismiss this as non-authentic or non traditional. Let’s see if this holds any water… Spoiler, it doesn’t.

In this article I give you 3 reasons why you should include single heavy Indian club exercises in your training.

Are single heavy Indian club exercises with 2 hands traditional?

You can read comments on social medias saying that swinging with 2 hands on a club is wrong. Yet, those same people swing gadas and other type of maces with 2 hands… But I digress.

Doing heavy Indian club exercises with 1 hand or 2 hands on the club is even found in the English literature of the 19th century, when Indian clubs made their way to Europe. This style of club swinging is as legitimate and ancient as any!

In India, swinging a single club appears to be more common place the more one travels South.

The design of the clubs also change from a conic shape reminiscent of the Persian meel to a straighter log shape. These clubs are called mudgar and karlakattai, and other spelling alternatives.

The handle on these clubs is typically around 19-23 cm providing room for double handed grips without having to fight for space.

While some of the exercises are similar to what you would do with Persian meels, the overall diversity is greater.
Out of the 64 types of Karlakattai suttrus (swings) in Tamil culture, only 4 are done with double clubs. 10 of those swings are done with both hand on a single club. The rest are done single handed, changing hands on each repetition.

3 reasons to add single heavy Indian club exercises in your current training

Swinging a pair of heavy, bulky and long clubs severely limits the range of exercises you can do with them. While back circles are great, they can rapidly become tedious…

By swinging single or double handed a heavy club, you open your exercise repertoire to more planes of motion and possibilities.

Swinging hand to hand is also fun and requires coordination and timing.

Reason 1

heavy indian club exercises by warmanYou should start by swinging a single Indian club because it is simpler to coordinate, and therefore faster to learn. By switching grips and avoiding fatigue, you can also maintain your heart rate elevated to get the benefits of cardiovascular fitness.

That’s the main reason why our level 1 online certification covers only single club swinging. It really is the foundation necessary to perform complex double club swings in the long run.

The more coordinated side guides the less dominant side, providing feedback and assistance to develop smoother swings on either side.

Reason 2

heavy indian club exercises -dick'sYou can swing heavier clubs from the start. While the European systems of double club swinging often recommended 1-1,2kg clubs as the first weight for men.
Tthe typical starting weight for mugdars and karlakattais would be 3-5kg when swung with 2 hands.

You can guess that the physical adaptations and physiques resulting form training with light clubs would be different from the heavy clubs.
As long as you slowly build up volume in a progressive way, there is no reason to think you’d be more likely to injure yourself by swinging a single heavy club.

Proponents of heavy Indian club exercises such as Sam D.Kehoe and Professor Harrison, were rather opinionated on the matter, thinking light clubs a good form of exercises for children and geriatrics. At Heroic Sport, we however think there are many benefits to swing both light and heavy clubs!

Reason 3

single heavy Indian club exercisesMany of the single heavy Indian club exercises are based on fighting techniques. Those swings make use the diagonal and horizontal cutting lines, which are often times neglected when swinging 2 clubs at once.

As we know, variability is essential to human development and health, and movement variability ensures you do not neglect movement patterns.

Specializing for a competition event is fine if it’s your thing. For health, strength, longevity and well being, mix it up.

As Robert Heinlein said, specialization is for insects.

Single heavy Indian club exercises inspiration

To that purpose, we have created several unique programs for single heavy Indian club exercises.

The Hanuman workouts are designed as 4-6 week variable training templates. You’ll find one template for training at home and one for instructors running classes or bootcamps. The whole work is cut out for you, just warm up and hit play!

There are 6 volumes, where exercises progressively become more complex. It’s been planned for the beginner in mind, but anyone will be able to train at their own abilities and enjoy a great workout.

Check out the teasers for the other programs.

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