Club Swinging: Primal Play to Functional Fitness to Olympic Game…

June 17, 2009 – 12:16 pm

Yesterday, I posted how to Reclaim Your Primal Health Club - how the resurrection of the original form of exercise, Club Swinging, was leading the way back to our primal roots and how this ancient discipline has been wed with modern science. Today, I’d like to share with you how the club swinging movements represent a map to revitalize your internal experience of exercise.

Once a sport in the Olympic Games, club swinging has found a global rebirth. For example, last year marked the 1st World Zurkhaneh Sports Championship in history. BTW: if you’re interested in trying out for the USA Team, post a reply here with your email, so that I can contact you with information. 2009’s world championship is already over, but we’re preparing to enter the first USA Team in history in 2010. Here’s a highlight from 2008:

 

Though light-weight club swinging tradition was primarily a demonstration sport for aesthetics (now part of the Olympic sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics, since 1988), it still has a place in exercise physiology. Fulbright Scholar, Ed Thomas, has spear-headed the revitalization of these “fancy” twirling moves (to use the original parlance); and has even developed a club swinging program for the US Army at Fort Benning:

Another idea just in from Frank at Exuberant Animal. I brought Frank in to present at the Active Aging Festival this year, and people enjoyed his playful session. Realizing the many benefits of club swinging, Frank’s jumped full-on into the frenzy with his own “primitive” approach:

Heavy club swinging has really gained steam in the “extreme” bootcamp crowd because… well, holding this tool in your hands, you’re immediately reminded of your feral roots. It was the first martial art, the original strength conditioning tool, the primal health club…

Even the “functional fitness” crowd has embraced, club swinging due to its multi-planar versatility, and the powerful ability to generate core activation by preventing the club from departing its orbit. Check out Paul Chek from the Chek Institute showing his club swinging ideas…

And of course… the science of the Clubbell® has pierced the walls of even the highest academic citadels. Its utility, versatility, durability… all resonate immediately through the library of books, videos and certification workshops now preparing professionals across the world in the Circular Strength Training® System.

But not just strength and conditioning specialists, not just elite athletes, soldiers, and agents. The everyday Joe and Jane looking to be simultaneously healthy and fit are now practicing Circular Strength Training® at their health clubs and in their homes through CSTGX.

Join the Club! The original martial art, the first exercise, the primal health club…
(BTW: if you can’t participate yet, at least come cheer on the athletes at the Cross-World Clubbell Competition on July 11, 2009!)

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