Bodyweight Exercises:

There are methods of training that are now coming back into focus. By watching mixed martial arts fighters train, you can see they don’t just use regular weights.

Most training gyms will have fighters pounding a heavy duty truck tire with a sledgehammer or doing rope climbing.

One great exercise that you can do is swinging Indian clubs.

This exercise was widely used by the British army when India was ruled by the Brits. The Brits then took the exercise ideas back to England.

Even the United States got into the act after the civil war and many rowing clubs and such, use Indian clubs as a training tool.

Now if you are not familiar with an Indian club, it looks a bit like a bowling ball pin, only with a much longer neck.

They come in different sizes and weights, from two pounds all the way up to fifty pounds.

By doing some research, you will find that Indian wrestlers used them frequently in training and these wrestlers, like the Great Gama, had amazing physiques.

You may find it hard to believe because of the wrestling on television today but wrestling in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s was real.

Some of Gama’s matches went on for hours and he fought Frank Gotch of the United States, who is considered to be the best modern day wrestler ever.

Of course the silly wrestling that is so popular on television today, had a guy promoting himself as the Great Gama, however his body was nowhere near as muscular as the Real Gama.

When swinging an Indian club, you are going to working on increasing your flexibility, strength and mobility.

Tradition weights allow you to only lift in straight lines.

With an Indian club, you are able to work the shoulder area, which is like a ball and socket.

By doing different exercises and swinging motions with the clubs, you can make your chest more flexible and open, so that it’s easier to take in oxygen.

Indian clubs work your body, forcing it to use torque, torsion and traction, in comparison to modern weightlifting machines that are very efficient and do not force you to use your body to stabilize the weight.

Cardio is very important in your workouts and doing Indian club exercises will have you sweating and increasing your heart rate rapidly.

Remember its best to get your heart rate up and then drop it down, rinse and repeat.

Keeping your heart rate at the same level will not give you the best benefits.

Indian clubs are a great way to burn fat and have a lot of fun doing it.

Lifetime fitness is a goal for everyone, and you can learn more here about the ways that bodyweight workouts can help you to achieve this, in our section dedicated to how to do BodyWeight Exercises.

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