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Why train with Clubbells?

12 Sep , 2015,
The Fisher Sisters
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Firstly, clubs are the original, the oldest, and the most widely used form of strength training in history, and now my programs are in 68 countries around the world. Can you really afford to be left behind the curve? Do you remember when the kettlebell exploded across the fitness world, and everyone was scrambling to find out where to get one? Don’t let lightening strike you standing still twice!

Why does lifting heavy things make you stronger?


How does the body adapt?

Specifically to the imposed demand.

If one adapts strength specifically, then what is the most effective method of transferring strength to an activity?

The tool which moves in the range and depth most closely approximating real-world activities. The strength adapted from using this tool would have the greatest transferability; that is, if you accept the premise that strength can be transfered at all.

If you do not accept that strength can be transferred at all, then which tool would have the least deleterious impact upon mobility?

The one with the greatest variation in movement – multi-planar movement.

Which tool uses multi-planar movement and can be used to approximate the range and depth of real-world activities, as well as stimulating the physiological profile of those activities?

The only tool which can do this is the Clubbell® – for which it was specifically designed.

Won’t heavier weighted tools produce greater strength than the light weight Clubbell®?

What is light and what is heavy is merely a perception of the Central Nervous System. Anyone who has just picked a Clubbell® off the ground knows that the Leverage Principle caused by the Displaced Center of Mass multiplies the actual effort by 3-4X its “true” weight. Furthermore, the Pendulum Principle caused by the Torque Production of swinging weight rather than merely lifting it, multiplies the force production exponentially (i.e. to move the Clubbell® twice as fast requires four times the force.)

If the Clubbell® can produce such incredible force of effort taxing the CNS, then why is it used primarily as a “performance enhancement” tool rather than a power lifting tool?

Because real-world challenges rarely involve problems of strength deficits, but rather poor ability to absorb and retranslate force. The Clubbell® is unique in that within all three planes, one must absorb and retranslate the weight (despite the Displaced Center of Mass and the Torque Production.)

Wouldn’t the Clubbell® be better designed like a dumbbell so that you could swing more weight without the grip failing?

Not without lessening the unique challenge the Clubbell® presents. The unique Lateral Grip Distraction (a ‘neck’ instead of a ‘bar’) removes the weakest link in all real-world strength – the grip.

With the ‘bar’ grip of dumbbell, barbell and kettlebell, the finger bones create a ‘structural’ purchase for the weight pulling against them. However, with the ‘neck’ grip of the Clubbell®, the fingers only have a muscular purchase for the weight against them. In other words, with a dumbbell, barbell or kettlebell, the weight pull against the fingers, whereas with the Clubbell® the weight pulls through the fingers.

Therefore, the neck grip of the Clubbell® creates the greatest demand on grip strength. For real-world activities, since force is primarily transmitted through and by the hands, and since the brain allocates the greatest amount of grey matter to the hands, the training of effect of the Clubbell® is superior. Real-world strength must begin there, and no other tool does this better and more comprehensively than the Clubbell®.

Why would a tool designed with “lighter” actual weight, but high perceived effort (Torque, Leverage, Traction) be more effective than heavy “true” weight?

Heavy actual weight at worst leads to injuries, immediate or cumulative; at best can be done only infrequently and not into old age. Heavy actual weight cannot be used to rehabilitate an injured or recovering area. Heavy actual weight cannot be moved for multi-planar mobility, and cannot be used to approximate the range and depth of real-world activities.