Indian Club Resource Page

Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 by John Wood
Indian Club Resource Page

Here’s a page where you’ll find all our Indian Club resources in one spot. Click on thumbnails and links to find more information:

Classic Wooden Indian Clubs

It doesn’t get more “Oldschool” than these clubs — each are turned by hand


Fashioned from oak hardwood, the new clubs have a classic look and a perfectly balanced feel.


The approximate weight of each club is branded on the barrel, along with our very cool logo

Get your clubs right here! Oldtimestrongman.com classic clubs are made of American Oak hardwood and available in 1lb., 2lb., and 3lb. sizes. We also have combo sets available in case you would like to save on shipping and order several sizes at once. More info >>>

Indian Club Training Materials

The Text Book of Club Swinging by Tom Burrows
Simple Indian Club Exercises Poster by Staff Sergeant Alfred Moss
Indian Club Exercises Video by Dr. Ed Thomas (Streaming Access)
Indian Club Training Bulletin No. 1 (PDF)

Indian Club Training Guides Available on Amazon Kindle:

Club Swinging For Physical Exercise And Recreation
Light Apparatus Work With Indian Clubs

Indian Club Training Guides Posted in The Iron League

This is only a small sampling, to date we have over 25 Indian club resources — courses and videos — posted in The Iron League.

https://www.ironleague.com/

Indian Club Blog Posts and Articles

An Epic Pair of Indian Clubs
Studded Indian Clubs
George W. Patterson and His Electric Indian Clubs
Vintage Indian Clubs
Unusual Wooden Indian Clubs
Indian Clubs in China
Indian Clubs for Baseball
James J. Corbett’s Indian Clubs
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Indian Club Videos on Youtube

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Indian Club Training Bulletin

Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 by John Wood
Indian Club
Training Bulletin
NEW! Indian Club Training Bulletin No. 1
– Downloadable PDF –
(20 pages)

1. Indian Club Q & A #1 by John Wood
2. 1914 Indian Club Course
3. 1905 Indian Club Course
3. The Wrap Up

$12.99

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Tommy Price

Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019 by John Wood
Tommy Price
We know that Indian Club swinging is beneficial for a variety of sporting events, but here’s one that we haven’t touched on before: motorcycle racing. September 23, 1950 was the date that this photo was snapped and this fellow is Tommy Price, British Speedway rider and winner of the 1949 speedway World Championship. Tommy looks to have built himself a sturdy set of arms which certainly came in handy on the track. Tommy did most of his riding with the Wembley Lions racing club.

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An Epic Pair of Indian Clubs

Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2019 by John Wood
An Epic Pair of Indian Clubs
Cabinet cards were taken of many little known strongmen and circus performers, which on one level was a good thing since we can see a little bit more of some folks whose image we might not otherwise see. The flipside though is that in many cases, an image or maybe two is all we have for some folks, and we will never learn their name or their story. Case in point, it sure would be nice to know more about this gal and her epic pair of Indian Clubs. In all the physical culture ephemera that I’ve come across, I’ve never seen another set of clubs like them. Also of note is the smaller barbell or “wand” by her side.
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George Brosius’ Gym

Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 by John Wood
What a great gym! – This fantastic facility was established by George Brosius, a pioneer gymnastics coach and famous “Turner” in the Milwaukee area. You can read more on Brosius and his amazing story here and here. Gotta love the Indian clubs, climbing ropes, and medicine balls. This pictures dates from about 1900.

The Textbook of Club Swinging by Tom Burrows

Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018 by John Wood
Whereas Arthur Saxon wrote The Textbook of Weight-Lifting, Tom Burrows wrote The Textbook of Club Swinging. Both men were certainly qualified to do so. There were several other “Textbooks” — on Swimming, Wrestling, Boxing, and various other athletic pursuits.

Homer W. Crawford

Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2018 by John Wood
On April 3, 1890, at the G.A.R. Hall in New Lisbon, Ohio, Homer W. Crawford broke the world’s record for endurance Indian club swinging by swinging a pair of 8 pound ten ouce clubs for six hours and thirty one minutes. This record was broken on January 1, 1891 by Edward W. Brown of Bath, Maine who swung a pair of 9 pound 8 ounce clubs for six hours, forty one minutes, and ten seconds (averaging sixty five full swings per minute).

Crawford regained his record on March 12, 1891 by swinging a pair of ten pound clubs for a full seven hours while averaging seventy full swinger per minute. Crawford was also an accomplished dumbbell lifter and bicycle racer. He stood 5ft 8in and weighed 149 pounds.

George W. Patterson and His Electric Indian Clubs

Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 by John Wood
Mr. George W. Patterson, of Chicago, Illinois, was an avid Indian Club swinger who was also an engineer. One day he had an interesting idea: to devise a means of attaching electric lights to his clubs whilst swinging them in a darkened theatre, thus producing a number of interesting patterns. The clubs were of special construction with the current supplied by flexible wires enclosed in a rubber tube. Three series of eight, three, and one candle power colored lamps are set in sockets in the club at right angles to the center of the clubs, which are split lengthwise. At the tip of each club is a 32-candle-power lamp. When current is not otherwise available (which was often the case in these days — the early 1900’s) a large portable storage battery furnished the necessary power.

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The Honorable George P. Kersten

Posted on Friday, June 29th, 2018 by John Wood
During the last century, a few minutes of Indian Club Swinging were not out of place during the normal work day. These sessions helped relieve tension and stress thus allowing for more productive work to be accomplished. Above is George P. Kersten, the longtime judge of Cook County, Illinois. The good judge certainly had his hands full in the city of Chicago during Prohibition years. Still, he never missed an opportunity to swing the clubs. These pictures are dated 1922.

Kersten worked his way up through the court system from a job as a clerk in police court in 1880, getting his law degree in 1885, a justice of the peace in 1900 and election to the circuit court in 1903. It was said that at one point he turned down a run for the Mayor of Chicago since he enjoyed being a judge so much. Notably, Kersten was also a crack shot, well-known as one of the most prominent marksmen in the Northwest, and was a long-time member of the Chicago Sharpshooter’s Association.

Vintage Indian Clubs

Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018 by John Wood
Here’s a few members of the Proviso (Illinois) Township High School Basketball team clowning around. That’s Cunningham on the left, Jarus in the middle, and Warren on the right. What I’m more interested in is the Indian Clubs on the wall in the back – Wow, what a selection! This picture was taken in 1922 – and back then sights such as this were common place.
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