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The joys of mobility which include everything from less pain, better coordination, more flexibility, better core strength or the calm that follows complex movement. These are the things you will experience when training with Indian clubs, as I did.

How I got into club swinging

When I started swinging clubs it was during a long recovery from a very bad fall from scaffolding.

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There are many different versions of the History of Indian clubs. We are not scholars, but we have gathered facts from different sources for this broad but short article. Club swinging is one of the disciplines of varzesh-e pahlavāni (“Sport of heroes”), an ancient Persian physical training system to improve strength, mobility, coordination and not least, to increase mindfulness. Warriors needed to improve multiple physical abilities while developing their spirituality at the same time.

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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.

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Indian clubs are for everyone, from kids to office workers to elite athletes.

Training with Indian clubs is more like a form of skill practice, and therefore the intensity of training can be relatively low, unless you decide otherwise. Low intensity and focus on skills and movement is what make club swinging a sort of meditation in motion, and makes it very helpful for recovery from heavy strength training.

It’s easy to get started too.