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The Clubbell Buyer’s Guide

12 Nov , 2014,
The Fisher Sisters
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I want to begin Clubbell® training. Which Clubbell® weight and materials should I purchase?

Check with your physician before beginning this type of strenuous and circular resistance exercise. Generally, men start with a pair of 15 lb Clubbells, and women start with a pair of 10 lb Clubbells. If you want to start with 2-handed work (1 Clubbell®), men should start with a 20 lb Clubbell® and women should start with a 15 lb Clubbell®. You may be ready for heavier Clubbells within a month or two, depending on your training consistency and progress.

We highly recommend initiating Clubbell® training with a certified Clubbell Athletics coach, either in person or online. You can find your coach here. At the very least, we recommend purchasing The Big Book of Clubbell® Training and The Encyclopedia of Clubbell®  Training to help build a solid, safe foundation for Clubbell® training.

I already own my first Clubbell®. Which should I purchase next?

The usual guideline for adult men and women building a home gym is to own at least one pair of any weight for the complex combination routines and to own at least one each of the 5-25lbs. Clubbells. After that, start over from the bottom, working on your second pair, and purchase another of each weight to complete your gym. Clubbells pairs add variety, challenge and significant gains to your programs. You can and should begin with a pair of Clubbells. Different weights help you progress in strength and fitness.

The exception to this general guideline is the person who is focused more on coordination, agility, and strength-endurance than on explosive/ballistic strength. It is perfectly possible for a male tennis player, baseball player, or wrestler to do all their work with a pair of 15lbs. Clubbells and never use a larger size. It’s equally fine to stop with a pair of 20lbs. Clubbells, though the physiological and psychological benefits of incrementally increasing heavier weight should not be underestimated. Some people prefer to own the heaviest Clubbells they can manage, even if for only low repetitions.

What about the 45lbs. Clubells?

No one will use all weights immediately, so in that regard you only ever begin with one particular weight of Clubbells. However, these questions only comprise a general guideline. There is no way to compare with dumbbells, barbells, and kettlebells weights, since Clubbells involve not linear strength, but elicit the unique three-dimensional, multi-planar development known as Circular Strength Training®. Therefore, without a certified instructor or coach present, you must guess which weight you can handle. The advantage of purchasing a Clubbell® Total Gym or Clubbell® PRO Gym is the ability to personally discover which weight you need to start; plus you can as work incrementally as possible through each weight division immediately as your strength and fitness skyrocket. Additionally, you will save a considerable amount of money in both cost and shipping by outfitting your personal home fitness with a complete Clubbell® gym.

How should I use lightweight Clubbells in my practice?

Fellow coach and yogi Summer Huntington has developed Clubbell Yoga, which beautifully blends light weight (3 or 5 lb) Clubbells with yoga. This is an ideal place to start for those who are completely new to multi-dimensional exercise and weight swinging, as it builds a safe foundation of strength, structure, and confidence with a Clubbell®. If you think light weight clubbells can’t provide a challenging workout, Clubbell Yoga and Primal 12 will surely prove otherwise. Light weight Clubbells can also be used with Intu-Flow.