Parallel Swing with Indian Clubs, one of many exercises at Sheffield Indian Club Swingers

Indian club swinging is a fitness and exercise system based on the use of wooden clubs of various weights and sizes.  Both heavy and light clubs can be swung for exercise and fitness.

Indian club swinging can be integrated into other forms of exercise such as skipping, running, jogging, stretching and light resistance exercises and is very good for getting and keeping fit as well as good fun to learn and practise.

Indian club swinging has its origins in India and Persia where originally it was used as a close quarters method of combat but is now used by wrestlers and other physical fitness experts as a way of strengthening and exercising the upper body.

The British in India were quick to note the benefits of club swinging and incorporated club swinging movements into their training regimes. In the early part of the 20th Century Indian club swinging was a compulsory part of the United States School physical education curriculum.

Club swinging was also popular in gentleman’s gymnasiums along with fencing and gymnastics.

While initially Indian club swinging looks like juggling it is not juggling because of the weight of the clubs involved.  Juggling clubs weigh about 250grams (about half a pound) whereas the basic small wooden clubs used by beginners weigh about 1Kg (about 2lbs).  Heavier clubs can be as much as 4 or 5kg for swinging proper and anywhere up to 23kg plus (about 50lbs) for specific heavy exercises used by specialists.

Although, we tend to use clubs weighing between 2 and 6lbs (approximately 1kg to 3kg) on average depending on the type of exercises and the degree of technical skill required.  The average healthy adult practitioner of Indian club swinging can easily manage these weights of clubs and gain substantial benefits.

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