When it comes to strength training, there are a lot of tools out there to choose from. Many are entirely capable of accomplishing the goal of enhancing overall strength, but very few address the nuances specific to athletics performance. The Clubbell is unique in that it tackles both these objectives. Here are some of the many benefits:
Grip Strength & Endurance: One of the single most defining characteristics of athletic performance in sports especially contact sports and tool-using sports, is grip strength & endurance which elite coaches consider the measuring stick of one’s total functional strength. The ability to boldly adhere to an opponent or the strength and proficiency with which one wields the implements of one’s sport generally determines victory. This is certainly true in contact sports such as wrestling, football, and rugby, but also in tool-using sports such as hockey, baseball, and lacrosse. However, most strength programs overlook hand, wrist and forearm conditioning.
Extreme Range Strength: In order to prevent injury and perform at extreme ranges of motion, athletes need to train slightly outside the range and depth of “expected” movements. Clubbells help to condition athletes slightly outside the range and depth of the movements of their sport so when (not if) movements deviate from the expected a “safety valve” prevents injury and restores normal work capacity without performance interference. The competitive athlete needs to have these motor recruitment patterns in place to facilitate shoulder synergy for both performance and injury prevention.
Shoulder synergy: The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body, but unfortunately, great mobility comes at the expense of stability. It is a complex arrangement of structures working together to provide the movement necessary for almost all athletic activities. Contact, throwing and racquet/stick sports place great demands upon the shoulder. Injury can occur when athletes overload these movement limits, often resulting in rotator cuff tears.
Complex Training Effect: A Combination Routine is a series of two or more basic exercises woven smoothly together after having mastered each basic component. Combination Routines combine strength and speed/power in the same workout. The Complex Training Effect involves a grinding exercise followed by a similar, but ballistic exercise, or utilizing a ballistic followed by a similar, but grinding exercise. Athletes increase the high tension of the grind or the power of the ballistic exercise or both, and the increases will be greater than if the exercises were performed consecutively. The performance of a grinding exercise followed by a ballistic exercise elicits a neurological response that enables increased power, thereby creating a greater training effect. The Complex Training Effect augments your neuromuscular system by teaching it to fire at a faster rate. It develops strength, speed and technique simultaneously. What this allows is for the Combination Routines to be constructed in the ideal way to improve Specific Physical Preparedness for any particular sport.
Conservative Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation: Forceful, repetitive, or sustained static activities occurring over time with insufficient recovery periods may cause or aggravate Cumulative Trauma Disorders, affecting soft tissue of both musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous systems. Any sport or job using the arms can be associated with Cumulative Trauma Disorders. The most commonly described and diagnosed disorders are Rotator Cuff Impingement, Tennis Elbow, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Clubbell training may be a conservative injury prevention method for those at risk as well as an important prehabilitative and post-rehabilitative tool to those suffering such common sport-related injuries.
Here are just a few examples of some of the sport-specific enhancements Clubbell training provides:
MARTIAL ARTS: Strengthen strikes, clinch work, and application of holds as well as prevent loss by submission.
GOLF: Strengthen fingers to remove handedness bias, and wrist snap to increase distance, accuracy and consistency.
BASEBALL: Develop stronger grip & wrist snap for increased accuracy and velocity in ball throwing; increase bat control and swing speed and power.
BOXING: Enhance wrist stability in striking; increase early power generation and arm endurance.
TENNIS & RACQUETBALL: Improve racket control & strengthen wrist action for all strokes.
ROCK CLIMBING: Develop & maintain hand, wrist & forearm strength and endurance.
HOCKEY: Strengthen stick stability and agility. Achieve stronger, accurate shots, and prevent shoulder injury.