001 Which size Indian Clubs should I buy first?

#001 Which size Indian Clubs should I buy first?

This has to be one of the most frequently asked questions I receive on a regular basis.

Which size Indian Clubs should I buy first?

To answer this question I have drawn on my personal experience and mistakes and have put together this information to help you choose a pair of Indian Clubs making sure that you have chosen the right pair of Indian Clubs for you as the wrong selection will have a negative impact on your ability to swing clubs correctly.

My first pair of Indian Clubs

Here is a quick outline of how I got my first pair of Indian Clubs. I found a book called ‘Indian Clubs’ written by GTB Cobbett and AF Jenkin and published in 1905.

The book contained a template for making Indian Clubs. I decided to find a local woodturner to make me a pair. My first clubs were 26” long and weighed 2.5lbs each. Little did I know that  I was embarking on a huge learning curve. I started to swing the clubs and made reasonable progress, but there was a problem, a big problem.

A big problem

I quickly discovered that my clubs were too long and too heavy. This meant that I had problems executing very basic movements.

Which is why it is so important for you to know which size Indian Clubs you should buy first?

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Indian Clubs are relatively light weight as they are swung in both open and closed arm style.

Clubs weighing one or two pounds each are heavy enough for you, or clubs that weigh about half or one kilo each are perfect. The ideal club length should be in the range of 15” to 20” inches or 35cms to 51cms, dependant on the weight of the club.

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Your current strength and fitness

The choice of Indian Clubs should be made regardless of your current strength and fitness. No matter what weights you currently squat, bench press or deadlift. No matter how incredibly flexible you are. Clubs weighing one or two pounds each are heavy enough for you.

The choice of Indian Clubs is dependant on your size and physique. Indian Clubs form an extension of your arm by adding length and weight they simply make your arms longer and heavier.

Indian Club Swinging can be described as circular weight training that exercises your shoulders, elbows, wrists and fingers in ways not possible with traditional linear resistance training and yoga.

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Conditioning and mobility

Indian Clubs are a conditioning and mobility tool that will compliment your other training disciplines.

Seek professional medical advice

Now for some serious stuff I’m talking existing injuries, Indian Clubs can help, but if you have an existing shoulder, elbow, wrist or back injury, in fact if you suffer from any form of injury. You must seek professional medical advice before using Indian Clubs.

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Heavy Clubs

Many people often ask when they can start using Heavy Clubs. Swinging heavy weights is not the prime objective of Indian Clubs exercise.

Are you are thinking of 5lb, 10lb, 15lb or 20lb clubs?

Don’t be seduced into buying and using clubs that are too heavy for you, as you may injure yourself as a result. It is not the exercise that will hurt you, it is the weight of the club.

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Master and perfect your technique

However once you have mastered and perfected your technique with lighter clubs you can move to using heavier clubs weighing three pounds, and you will be surprised how demanding a 3lber can be. When you are ready to increase the weight of your clubs do it in small increments.

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Crash and Knock

Just be aware that you will probably crash and knock your clubs more than once, this happens to all of us, so don’t get precious about your clubs, you should think of the dings and marks as a badge of honour.

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You can read more and learn more about the anatomy of Indian Clubs by downloading a FREE eBook by clicking here…..

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And you can access free training for beginners and learn to swing a single Indian Club routine…..

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Buying Indian Clubs

You can buy new, old or antique Indian Clubs to use for training. To help you I have put together a list of INDIAN CLUB manufacturers on this website.

www.indianclubs.com.au/manufacturer-links/

Over the last 150 years, Indian Clubs have been made in a mind-boggling variety of weights and sizes, the list below is intended as a rough guide to help you choose and identify the best clubs for you.

Imperial

  • 12” inches 0.5lbs (children)
  • 14” inches 0.75lbs (children and ladies)
  • 15” inches 1lb (ladies)
  • 18” inches 1.5lbs (ladies)
  • 20” inches 2lbs (ladies and men)
  • 22” inches 2.5lbs (men)
  • 24” inches 3lbs (men)

Metric

  • 30 centimetres 0.23kg (children)
  • 35 centimetres 0.34kg (children and ladies)
  • 38 centimetres 0.45kg (ladies)
  • 46 centimetres 0.68kg (ladies)
  • 51 centimetres 0.91kg (ladies and men)
  • 56 centimetres 1.14kg (men)
  • 61 centimetres 1.36kg (men)
I hope you found this post useful. I’d love to know if you have any questions. Please leave me a comment below.

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Paul Taras Wolkowinski

INDIAN CLUBS and how to use them. Traveling, researching and studying old books and manuals, has played a major part in my re-discovery of the Art of Indian Clubs Swinging. I practice four disciplines, Indian Clubs, Persian Meels, Gada Mace and Indian Jori Clubs. I have discovered a fascination for this form of exercise that has grown with proficiency. This website is dedicated to help you discover how to use Indian Clubs for exercise and fitness.

6 comments… add one
  • Frank Colón Jun 17, 2016, 8:50 pm

    Good Morning, Paul!

    I’ve enjoyed this post very much, man! And, you know, initially seduced by the lure of swinging heavy weight, I am now fully appreciating the benefits (and logic!) of training with much lighter clubs!

    This new explanation, with its cool explanatory images, arrives at the most appropriate time for myself and my buddy, Julio!

    Thank you for sharing your insights and knowledge.

    Warm regards,

    Frank

    • Paul Taras Wolkowinski Jun 18, 2016, 4:57 pm

      Hi Frank,
      Thank you for your comment. I did exactly the same as you when I first started. I think that no one really understands the Indian Club until they start to swing it.
      I’m glad you liked the explanatory images, it is a something new I’m playing with and developing.
      Yours swingingly
      Paul

  • Colin Hughes Jun 24, 2016, 4:11 pm

    Excellent contribution, many thanks Paul. I always emphasise that, whilst muscles build very quickly in response to exercise load, ligaments, tendons and cartilage have a more limited blood supply and so do not respond to exercise nearly as quickly. Indian clubs load ligaments, tendons and cartilage through a much fuller range of movement than most other forms of exercise, and so it is pivotal (pun intended!) that beginners, and experienced alike, recognise the importance of starting light, keeping light, and progressing size wise slowly (size most definitely isn’t everything in club swinging!). In my classes, I lend out very light clubs (0.6 lb ) and then let people try out 1 and 2 lb a few months later, ahead of any purchase. It is also important for people to appreciate that as participantd progress they will always be cycling through your lighter clubs as they explore new routines and patterns.

    • Paul Taras Wolkowinski Jun 25, 2016, 5:13 pm

      Thank you Colin, I started to pen the concept for this video as an email template I could send out, over two years ago. With the aim of providing a comprehensive answer to the many enquiries, I received and continue to receive on a regular basis. Now that the information is published it is available for everyone to see and digest. I really appreciate your comments and insights into why light clubs are so important, and in particular your explanation of limited blood supply to ligaments, tendons and cartilage.

  • Antonio Jun 24, 2016, 8:27 pm

    Hola: muchas gracias por compartir sus conocimientos y haberme abierto una puerta a un mundo totalmente desconocido para mí, sigo sus videos con mis compañeros que somos unos 15 y ejercítanos los clubes.
    Me gustaría poder saber inglés para poder expresarme mejor
    Un fuerte abrazo
    Antonio

    • Paul Taras Wolkowinski Jun 25, 2016, 5:19 pm

      Hello Antonio, Thank you for your email, I am very happy to help you and glad to hear that you are interested in swinging Indian clubs. We are both very lucky because we have Google translate. Which means that you can write to me in Spanish, and I can write to you in English. So in the future, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask, and I will answer the best I can. So to finish my reply I will now convert this message to Spanish and hope you understand it. Best regards. Paul

      Hola Antonio, Gracias por su correo electrónico, estoy muy feliz de ayudarle y encantados de saber que usted está interesado en hacer pivotar mazas. Los dos somos muy afortunados porque hemos Google traducir. Lo que significa que se puede escribir a mí en español, y me puede escribir a usted en Inglés. Así que en el futuro, si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor no dude en preguntar, y yo te responderé lo mejor que pueda. Así que para terminar mi respuesta ahora voy a convertir este mensaje a español y espero que lo entienda. Atentamente. Pablo

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