Continuing with its trend of bringing obscure exercise equipment to the masses, Onnit has just released its newest product, which you can see in the picture to the right. No, that is not a tiny man holding very large bowling pins. It’s actually an average-sized man holding Onnit’s classic wooden Indian clubs.
Wooden Indian clubs were developed centuries ago by Persian wrestlers. Over time, the clubs spread across the world, making their way to British soldiers in the 19th century and then to the rest of the world in the 20th century. After that, their popularity declined, likely in favor of more futuristic options for improving joint mobility rather than simple wooden clubs. Onnit is hoping to expose more people to the benefits of these clubs by releasing its own branded versions of wooden Indian clubs.
If you’re not familiar with wooden Indian clubs, please know that they’re not for building muscle and gaining strength. Rather, they are used for improving joint mobility and in prehab (to prevent any joint-related issues) and in rehab, when you are suffering from an injury and need to slowly work the wrists, elbows, shoulders, or upper back. This is done through repetitive movements with smooth swinging motions to encourage circualtion in the arms. The core is also engaged during these exercises, and exercising with Indian clubs can improve co-ordination as well.
Onnit’s Wooden Indian Clubs are crafted from a single solid piece of maple wood with a branded Onnit logo on the barrel. Single clubs are available for just under $50 while a pair is available for just under $100.
Below is a closer look at the club, which looks like a baseball bat on steroids, or like one of those guys at the gym who is trying to make up for the fact that he’s short so he works out real hard to get his muscles as big as he can.