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    KBderek is offline Member
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    Default where to get started with indian clubs?

    Comrades, my shoulders are not in the greatest shape right now. Due to the fact that get abused at work (I move furniture). I really wanna get into club swining. Very little is writtin on the net except actually clubs for sale.

    Can someone point a club virgin like me in the right direction? Thank you. Does DD sells clubs?

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    They sell clubs and instructional material. I recommend Club Swinging Essentials along with the pair of one-pound clubs. It'll teach you the basic swinging technique. I initially bought the combo that comes with the DVD by Dr. Ed Thomas but it is a bit more advanced in my opinion. CSE has given me a better feel for some of the fundamental subtleties needed for good swinging such as grip, casting, and alignment.

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    Glad this topic came up. I ordered a set of two-pounders to use while my elbow tendinitis heals and I can resume GS.
    Does anyone know of a forum where Indian clubs are often discussed? I can't find many threads discussing them here.
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    David
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    David, if you start a thread asking questions on here, there's a good chance Brett Jones will respond. He is one of the authors of Club Swinging Essentials and runs the club certs. He is the most knowledgeable person I've come across, I'd recommend him to anyone.

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    I know when getting started with Kb pavel recommends at 16kg. What is a decent weight to start with a club. These things are very light. I would also like to get a good work out with them? Input please

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    Go with the experts' recommendations (Dr. Thomas, Brett Jones, Gray Cook, among others) and start with the one-pounders. Master the subtleties of the technique and go from there. Once you start adding speed you'll get plenty of work - today I did a workout with the clubs and had an average heart rate in the upper 140s, peaking at 159 when adding squats and lunges to the double swings. When I started I figured I'd work with the one-pounders for a couple months then order some heavier clubs. That was in October and I'm still happy with the one-pounders seven months later.
    Last edited by mfbunch; 05-21-2011 at 09:51 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfbunch View Post
    Go with the experts' recommendations (Dr. Thomas, Brett Jones, Gray Cook, among others) and start with the one-pounders. Master the subtleties of the technique and go from there. Once you start adding speed you'll get plenty of work - today I did a workout with the clubs and had an average heart rate in the upper 140s, peaking at 159 when adding squats and lunges to the double swings. When I started I figured I'd work with the one-pounders for a couple months then order some heavier clubs. That was in October and I'm still happy with the one-pounders seven months later.
    Is there a particular workout that you use? Any DVD workout?
    Thanks
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    mfbunch is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by David C. View Post
    Is there a particular workout that you use? Any DVD workout?
    Thanks
    David,
    The workout varies and really should be based on your goals. Initially I followed the companion DVD by Dr. Thomas - thought I had the techniques down pretty good until getting the Club Swinging Essentials DVD and being effectively humbled. I recommend following the progressions in CSE and not getting to the point of fatigue - you'll be training new patterns so fatigue will not help you in the long run. After you master all five movements, start playing with the set/rep scheme. I really like the recommended combo workout combining kettlebell getups and swings and incorporated that for a long time. Now I alternate between three basic workouts: one patterning workout doing all the movements in sets of ten from tall kneeling, half-kneeling, and standing. One workout alternates sets of ten for all movements 1-5, with jump rope singles of about 200-500 jumps. The last workout is straight swings - varying the reps from 30-50 and incorporating some of the additional moves like squats and lateral lunges with the double swings. Also play with the speed of the swing as very slow swings give a completely different feel than high speed swings. Right now I use the indian clubs as a neural and recovery workout between kb swings and get-up days. Enough to get the heart rate and get my attention, but not enough to really eat into energy stores. Either way, master the basic techniques first and then define your goals to determine your workouts. Once you get a good feel for it, you'll also get a feel for whether to increase speed and rep #s, or to purchase heavier clubs.

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