Developed in ancient Persia to condition soldiers, clubs have been used by wrestlers and martial artists for centuries. (See pair above that you can buy at onnit.com.) Their popularity grew so great that the were used in an Olympic sport in 1904, called “rhythmic gymnastics.” Then, mysteriously, they retreated back into obscurity until they enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the early 2000s, spearheaded by strength coach Scott Sonnon.
Clubbells—the trademarked name for the most popular line of weighted exercise clubs—range in size from five pounds and 20 inches long to 45 pounds and 29 inches. They look somewhat like bowling pins, with the bulk of their weight on the far end. They’re held by a handle at one end and swung rather than lifted in a linear path like most other free weights. This broader range of motion creates more torque on the joints and that increases force production in the muscles, which builds strength. Clubbell advocates argue that using clubs is safer than training with barbells and dumbbells because the act of swinging the weight places traction on the joints rather than compressing them, and this also develops stronger connective tissue.
For more on Clubbells, and to pick up your own set, visit clubbell.tv.
And for a routine that utilizes the old-school strength tool, read: Chris Pine’s Exact ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Workout Routine >>>