Indian Club Seminar Weekend Recap

Charlene, Dominick, and I spent this past weekend expanding our training knowledge while getting our mind’s blown at an Indian Club seminar in King of Prussia, PA. The seminar was hosted by the phenomenal coach and StrongFirst Master Instructor Phil Scarito.

So what is an Indian Club you ask? These amazing tools are less on people’s radar than kettlebells when it comes to fitness. Indian clubs are a tool that is used for restorative exercise and have actually been used for fitness regimens dating back thousands of years to Hindu traditions. The British brought Indian Clubs back from India where they were used primarily as training tools for soldiers and police. They were introduced to America in the 19th century, and were especially popular during the fitness movement of the Victorian Era, temporarily becoming an Olympic sport in 1904. The clubs were, and actually still are, widely used as part of physical education programs in American schools and military training programs.

Indian clubs are phenomenal for improving shoulder mobility, promoting stable body posture, brain function (getting that right side to work with the left), coordination, and even have a meditative quality to it. The clubs look like juggling batons from the circus and are either plastic or wood (preferred) with a long skinny handle. Depending on the shape of the club, the weight may be centered more around the middle of the handle or focused at the end as shown in the variations pictured below..