Gus Hill and His Famous Performing Indian Clubs

Posted on Monday, April 13th, 2015 by John Wood

Another look at Gus Hill and his famous performing Indian Clubs. Hill’s clubs were always large and impressive due to the theatrical nature of his swinging. While they were most certainly not as heavy as they looked, Hill’s prowess with the clubs and range of different combinations was still quite impressive.
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Gus Hill and his Indian Clubs

Posted on Sunday, February 16th, 2014 by John Wood
Gus Hill, Club-Swinger
Another look at the great Indian Club swinger, Gus Hill and some of his fabulous clubs. I can’t say much for his outfit but the shoulder development and wiry physique from regular club work should be evident.

Gus Hill, Champion Club Swinger of the World

Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011 by John Wood
As a means of physical culture, the Indian Clubs stand pre-eminent among the varied apparatus of gymnastics now in use. The revolutions which the clubs are made to perform, in the hands of one accustomed to their use, are exceedingly graceful.

Besides the great recommendation of simplicity, the Indian Club practice possesses the essential property of expanding the chest and exercising every muscle in the body concurrently.

Note in the crowded thoroughfare of Broadway now and then an occasional passer-by, with well-knit and shapely form, firm and elastic step, broad-chested and full blooded, and you may mark him down as an expert with the clubs.”

Gus Hill
Club Swinging Champion,

circa 1890