Teardrop Indian clubs

Teardrop Indian clubs

It’s been a long wait, but I’m really pleased to announce the restock of our 800g walnut teardrop Indian clubs. Teardrops are among the lightest wooden clubs we make, and these ones are made from the same stunning walnut hardwood as our larger Indian clubs and Persian meels.

What are teardrop Indian clubs?
The teardrop became a popular Indian club shape during the late 1800’s – early 1900’s, a time often considered to be the golden age of club swinging. Teardrops tend to be lighter than regular shaped clubs of the same length, though they are no less challenging. While they are a fabulous club for performing complex and advanced patterns, teardrops remain a popular choice for simple and restorative movements too. If you are a physiotherapist looking for a club to perform rehabilitative exercises with, these are certainly one to consider.

The teardrop swing
With teardrop clubs, the centre of mass is shifted further from the grip than standard Indian clubs, which creates a more whip-like vector. This can be harder to control compared to the standard shape, so you may find yourself requiring a touch more mental and physical agility in order to respond to their quicker speed.

If you are new to the teardrop shape, you may wish to start with our lighter 300g ash or 600g sapele versions. These are easier to control, and great to have on hand for warming up, or experimenting with new or complex movements. Only once you feel confident with your lighter clubs is it safe to consider moving up to a heavier pair.

What muscles do teardrop clubs target?
Lightweight clubs allow you to really work your fingers and wrists, developing fast twitch muscle responses, flexibility, and finger dexterity and strength. This is quite a different experience to swinging heavier Indian clubs or Persian meels where the wrists and fingers are relatively static.

When swinging teardrop clubs, the rounded pommel should be held in the palm, functioning almost like a ball & socket joint. This allows for a ‘ring’ grip to be formed between the index or middle finger and the thumb. These subtle movements are a must when performing intricate wrist skills like Reels, Moulinettes, and Snake moves so make sure you take the time to nail them, or find a teacher who can help you.

A cautionary word of warning. Please always start with lighter clubs. Swinging heavy clubs in awkward angles and incorrect form can create injury to the joints. Start with light clubs, practice movements without struggling to control the weight, and you will begin to strengthen and condition the ligaments and tendons of the shoulder, elbow and wrist. Only consider increasing weight when you can safely perform a significant number of repetitions with ease. Heavy clubs carry a large degree of force and carry risk. So please take care, seek advice from qualified or experienced club swingers, personal trainers and coaches and practice as safely and mindfully as possible.

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Indian Clubs or Clubbells?

Indian Clubs or Clubbells?

There is a debate going round that clubbells are superior to Indian Clubs. Heavy verses large, steel v wood. I believe all have their merits.  There are options for all club-types. Physios use lighter clubs for shoulder rehabilitation… not a smart idea with a 6lb clubbell. Club swingers come from all bodytypes and not solely the domain of fit and able. I personally train people from 14 to 70 years of age, male and female, and carry a varied collection of clubs to suit – from small clubs to Persian meels. Some prefer using lighter clubs for longer periods for a more meditative stress release.

More can be achieved with a pair of lighter clubs than you may think. Coordination is challenged while flexibility and grip is constantly being developed. With a little imagination, even the lightest wooden clubs can be made challenging through isolating your upper body by simply sitting on a stool (with legs tucked out of the way to save the kneecaps)! The varied circular motions of Indian clubs are now accepted as being of great benefit for shoulder stabilisation. Therapists have used them as part of shoulder rehabilitation programmes and are widely considered as perfect prehab as they exercise the muscles of the rotator cuff.

Some argue that Clubbells can be very heavy and yet still much more compact than wooden clubs. That’s one of their biggest advantages as a piece of club swinging equipment. Naturally, there are a lot of clubbell exercises that cannot be performed with other longer tools. However, regular Indian Clubs can be a work out in their own right or used as a warm up to other workouts such as kettlebells as I favour with my own classes. They are also very different to clubbells in that they are more often used in pairs and thereby offer the further benefit of balanced coordination development.

However, those wanting to train for more extreme reasons and with a physique conditioned beyond the standard Indian Club movement, may call for a heavier strength workout to broaden their cause. The choice used to be either a super large meel, mace or the more recent steel clubbell. Not any more…

3.5kg Indian wooden clubbellsBody Mind Fit introduces the best of both worlds. Our weighted Indian Clubs combine the compact physical sizing of a clubbell with the beautiful tactile nature of natural wood. This year we have seen a recent surge in demand for our larger clubs with bespoke weighting from 1.5 to 3kg wooden clubs. Our Swedish friend, Walsson asked us to make a bespoke club to take his training to the next level. We obliged, and hope he doesn’t mind tipping the scales 33 grams over!


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