Fullerton, CA, April 16, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Mad Fitness Equipment, a division of My Mad Methods Magazine, has recently added a highly functional thousand-year-old piece of training equipment to their fitness product lineup: the wooden Indian Club. Wooden Indian Clubs were used by ancient warriors to increase upper body flexibility and joint mobility, and can now be purchased by anyone online.
“We’ve been promoting the use of Indian Club training since we started publishing our magazine in 2010,” stated Mark de Grasse, owner and editor of My Mad Methods Magazine. “This training tool embodies the principles of functional fitness and longevity that we strive for in both the publication and our online fitness equipment store.”
Indian Club swinging was originally used in Persian or Iranian martial arts, later adapted by pehlwani wrestlers in India, and eventually adopted by British soldiers in the 19th century. While Indian Clubs were included as an Olympic sport in 1904 and 1932, they eventually fell out of favor, until now.
Over the last 20 years there has been a resurgence of Indian Club training, especially in the unconventional fitness scene in the United States. Similar to how they were used long ago, fighters (particular mixed martial artists) started to adapt them into their training routines to recover and avoid joint injuries in the wrists, elbows, and shoulders. The use of Indian Clubs has now expanded much further than that; they are now utilized by anyone looking to increase range of motion, hand-eye coordination, and joint mobility.
Unlike typical weight training implements, Indian Clubs are relatively light, usually between one and five pounds. Rather than performing exercises that target specific muscles, like a barbell curl targets your biceps, Indian Clubs are intended to be swung in circular motions, thereby engaging multiple muscle groups in coordinated movements. Instead of trying to build strength or “pump” a particular muscle, Indian Club users are trying to increase joint mobility by lubricating them with synovial fluid, a natural occurring fluid that reduces the friction between articular cartilage.
Most modern variations of the Indian Club are tak-filled polypropylene rather than the traditional wood variation that Mad Fitness Equipment now carries. While the new material has some benefits (mainly that it won’t chip), wooden Indian Clubs have the natural feel that the ancient training method requires (argue some). The Mad Fitness Equipment Wooden Indian Clubs are well made, elegant, and as close to the original training tool that you can get.
“We believe that the wooden Indian Clubs will give our customers and readers a more authentic training experience,” stated Mark de Grasse. “The functional fitness methods we promote have some very deep roots; in the case of Indian Clubs, they can be traced back over a thousand years. We like to give such long-lived training methodologies the respect they deserve.”
Wooden Indian Clubs can be purchased from Mad Fitness Equipment at http://madfitnessequipment.com/woincl1lb.html.
About Mad Fitness Equipment
Mad Fitness Equipment is a division of My Mad Methods LLC that specializes in unconventional fitness equipment like kettlebells, sandbags, clubs, and gym rings, as well as fitness information products including workout DVDs, books, and magazines. Visit www.MadFitnessEquipment.com for more information.