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Introduction to Indian Clubs

presented by Gray Cook, MSPT, OCS, CSCS and Brett Jones, MS, ATC, CSCS

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Financial: Gray Cook is an employee of and a shareholder in Functional Movement Systems.

Nonfinancial: Gray Cook has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Financial: Brett Jones is a consultant for Functional Movement Systems.

Nonfinancial: Brett Jones has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 108 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 24 Minutes

Club swinging has been a form of training, exercise, and art for thousands of years, reaching its peak popularity in the early 20th century. Introduction to Indian Clubs seeks to regain that level of interest in clubs and their benefits. In this course, Gray Cook and Brett Jones take you through club swinging basics that include safety considerations and proper grip, patterns that serve as great entry points, and five classic swing patterns.

This course focuses on the benefits of club swinging, especially the connection of the upper and lower body through symmetry, posture, balance, and fluid arcs of motion. The variety of patterns represented here will allow the opportunity to enhance speed with symmetrical and asymmetrical movements while intuitively training posture, upper body mobility, and core stability. Commentary and hands-on training are supplemented by a tall-kneeling holds workout to fast-track progress with the clubs.

Meet Your Instructors

Gray Cook, MSPT, OCS, CSCS

Gray Cook is a practicing physical therapist and orthopedic certified specialist. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist and kettlebell instructor. He is the founder of Functional Movement Systems and author of Athletic Body in Balance and Movement. His work promotes the concept of movement pattern screening and assessment. His ideas are at…

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Brett Jones, MS, ATC, CSCS

Brett Jones is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist based in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from High Point University, a Master of Science in Rehabilitative Sciences from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength…

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1. Introduction

Throughout history, we have seen Indian clubs included in forms of exercise. They are influential on symmetry, posture, balance, connection, and fluid motion when utilized in a safe training zone.

2. Functional Patterns

This unit introduces the learner to the functional patterns of Indian clubs and the use of these patterns to assess how the body is reacting to the timing and coordination needed to complete the patterns effectively.

3. Classical Patterns: One Club

The most effective way to transition into Indian club work is to first use only one club. This unit discusses proper technique, from holding the club to movements.

4. Classical Patterns: Two Clubs

Once proper positioning and control with one Indian club are attained, there is a progression to using two clubs. This unit discusses the two movements used, as well as common mistakes when using two Indian clubs.

5. Advanced: Two Clubs

In this unit, you will learn how to progress to continuous alternating classical movements and recognize some common issues to be aware of.

6. Intro to Club Correctives

Mobility and stability are key factors in performing Indian club movements effectively. In this unit, learn how to incorporate Indian clubs in corrective strategies to have overall benefits to posture, symmetry in movement, breathing, and higher-level functional patterns.

7. Conclusion

Brett Jones returns to important points from throughout the course and provides key takeaways.

8. Bonus

In this unit, learn some additional thoughts on posture and footwork as you improve your Indian club swinging.

9. Resources

These resources provide an opportunity to view a live coaching session.

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