Why Use Clubbells For Circular Strength Training?

Why should I use a Clubbell?

Firstly, it's the original, the oldest, and the most widely used form of strength training in history.

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, Distraction) 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.

The Clubbell certification was extremely informative. As a trainers, we have many approaches to fitness, but being able to implement something as dynamic and beneficial as clubbells just makes the training we can offer that much stronger. The clubbell certification instructed by Coach Jones was great. It emphasized proper technique providing various progressions and modifications to suite a vast range of fitness levels. I am able to use what I learned from coach Jones with any and all of my clients. This certification is a good tool for all trainers to have, or even for those who just want to get a better understanding of club bells in general.  -Tess Kovit

I really like your web site. I forwarded it to a lot of friends who still can't figure out what I'm doing now that I quit the gym. -Robert Cremers

Since learning and getting certified on the clubbell certification months ago, I have had an opportunity to try some of the techniques Ive learned. As a professional MMA fighter, it has definitely improved some of my training routines. I find I have more grip strength, which is needed in my sport. I have also noticed an increase in core strength as well as mobility in my shoulders. Also a useful tool in MMA.

Aside from my own training, I have also started using the clubbell for my more advanced personal training clients. This has been a great way for me to mix up their workouts and make them a little more interesting and fun.

I would like continue learning more clubbell movements and techniques. In a short period of time I was able to expand my training and overall fitness using a tool that has so many dynamic aspects to it. -Joey Bareng

The clubbell certification was great!  I learned a lot of new exercises & combinations that I can use with my clients.  It was very hands on, so i didn't get confused at all and the instructions were very clear as to what we would be learning.  I especially liked the progressions of the movements & exercises because I could use them with my clients who are all at different levels. -Joanne Luat

I found the Clubbell workshop very informative and helpful.  Even though I had a previous certification in the Clubbell system, I learned a lot of new information from Coach Jones.  Some of the teaching progressions and techniques had changed.  I appreciate J Janero's effort to provide continuing education to the staff by bringing in top fitness professionals like Coach Jones.  This keeps all of us current on the latest techniques and developments so that we in turn can provide the best service to the clients.  I would recommend the RMAX Clubbell Certification to all trainers. -Steve Maxwell