I love training...I even more so love all forms of weight training. From barbells, to dumbbells, to kettlebells, and the ever intriguing clubbells.
Club swinging has been used throughout the centuries in all corners of the globe. From Iran, to India, to the strongmen of Russia. It was after spending time in Russia that the modern clubbell, and CST/TACFIT creator, Scott Sonnon discovered and brought the clubbell to the states and began re-educating us on the art of swinging a club for strength and revitalization. From this a whole new wave of fitness has since began to be rediscovered. Movement based health and fitness is emerging and is growing exponentially. Your muscles may age with you, but with care, your movement can retain in depth vitality.
The Clubbell and You
"What's that bat-thing you got there?"
The question every modern club swinger hear whilst lugging around their favorite training partner. Or also, "what's that baseball bat thingy? You workout with that?"
It is funny the reactions one gets from the art of swinging that is one of the oldest health training art forms. Sometimes it is sad how much movement is missing from our culture; the clubbell brings these back.
Sometimes barbells, dumbbells, and (especially) kettlebells can be quite intimidating to the fitness uninitiated. There is a horrible myth that strength training causes injury and therefore adding on to the current culture trend of condemning all things smart or healthy. It is a terribly false myth. Improper form plus overexertion plus an overload to a person's capability and movement capacity creates injury. This can be done in calisthenics as much as weight training.
The clubbell is a working person's tool because it is easy to travel and store and the clubbell's main weight comes from the torque generated by the swing. The faster the swing the heavier it pulls. This allows a 10 lb club to feel like 20 lbs when swung. The user is able to start at a lightweight and as they improve simply up their intensity as they improve. As I mentioned also the lever created from gravity pulling the club down can also be controlled by how high up the club the athlete holds it. This means the athlete can adjust the intensity constantly. The applications ensure you get the proper word done for your level which also resists injury because proper form is confirmed. This versatility also allows application for:
If I Can Clubbell; You Can Clubbell Too
One aspect I love about the clubbell is that, unlike the other strength modalities, there is a deep level of expression that comes with the practice of swinging with intention. In kettlebell sport we do see some stylistic adaptations but they only lift in one dimension, but the club can be moved, swung, twisted, casted, lifted, fixed, pressed, squatted, and cleaned in all degrees of motion. Similar to the expression of modern dance and the amalgamation of many dance techniques the clubbell athlete has a vast canvas of potential skill acquisition and for me this is indefinitely exciting. I remember the first time I could properly cast a clubbell with proper form I was ecstatic; and I felt so powerful and so natural. Something surreal of wrestling with an object and having it give you no mercy but with form and effort turn it into a bare expression of power and self development.
Now I would like to qualify that I feel this way toward all lifting disciplines, but the clubbell is alive, unfixed, and unhinged; you must be vigilant...it may punish you. For this it stands out in my practice for this feeling it provides and the results it can gift with diligence.
Join the Legion
One of my favorite parts about bringing TACFIT to my hometown of Ventura County is introducing people, strength training experienced and weight amateurs alike, to the clubbell. Watching people of all levels start to swing with power. All levels, all together, no excuses.
I love watching people improve, learn something new, and I love being a catalyst to those experiences. Every experience we have in life changes us and the clubbell within the CST/TACFIT methods have changed my life and given rise in me the best ever growing version of myself.
I wish to share this growth with you all of my Southern California and online community by offering two coaching specials:
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