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.
While Burrows was obviously pretty good at the clubs, he was definitely no one-trick pony: Burrows in addition to his club-swinging prowess, he won the light-heavyweight wrestling championship of Australia … numerous boxing competitions … swimming events … the mile run … high-jumping … broad jumping … cricket matches … gymnastic events … fencing… He was what was once referred to as an “all-rounder” because of his tremendous success in a variety of sports and activities.
Through it all, Burrows maintained that club-swinging exercises “are the finest preparation for all branches of athletics requiring stamina, agility or speed.“
I would certainly agree. While I am certainly not an expert in the magnitude of Mr. Burrows, I have been swinging the clubs for a long while now. To me, swinging Indian Clubs stands out among physical training techniques because it is not only convenient, but also a lot of fun, so “sticking with it” is not an issue like it is with some other forms of training.
The clubs are convenient, so you can do them pretty much anywhere and it is also very rewarding knowing that you are doing something good for your body when you use them.
But aside from these benefits, the clubs are a tremendous way to build strength and condition your body. Graceful Indian Club movements help keep the joints strong and supple, and they certainly build tremendous stamina and toughness, especially when done for time.
In the early 20th century, Burrows wrote several training courses on the clubs, in the hopes that others would come to understand their benefits.
A while ago, we were lucky enough to come across a copy of one of Tom Burrows’ rare club swinging courses and today, we are proud to make “The Textbook of Club-Swinging” once again available to a modern audience.
In “The Textbook of Club-Swinging” Burrows covers all the information that one would have to know to use the clubs successfully.
The basic movements, notes on form and technique, combinations, proper grip, hints for instructors (in case you want to teach others or start your own class) and even information on endurance club swinging (which Burrows was famous for.)
Our modern reprint edition is brief and to the point, clocking in at 78 pages, 4″ x 6″, fully illustrated with rare pictures and printed on heavy weight paper for the many times that you will thumb through it for information.
The glossy color cover is an entirely new design… If you are into Indian Clubs as much as we are, you simply must have The Textbook of Club-Swinging in your training library!
– Pat Miletich – MMA Fighter, 5X UFC Champ.
As far as Indian clubs, Hennig was just getting warmed up, he would win the AAU national title in club swinging in 1904, 1911, 1933, 1936-37, 1939-40, 1942, 1945-47, and 1950-51 — 13 times overall, the last time when he was 71 years of age! Hennig competed as an AAU athlete for over 6o years, likely a record in itself.
One of the traditions of Oldtime strength training that we really like a lot are wall charts and posters. Not only do they look really great while hanging in the gym, they also allow for an easy way to follow along and get in a great workout.
So, in keeping this tradition alive, one of the projects that we have been working on was to take a classic Indian Club training course which was written back in the early 1900s and reprint it. We didn’t just reprint it though, we created an entirely different format… turning it into something that not only looks great, but should also help your club swinging as well, you guessed it: an instructional wall chart.
Written in 1905 by the famous strongman, gymnast and physical culturist Staff Sgt. Alfred Moss, “Simple Indian Club Exercsies” will take you step-by-step through the 12 basic Indian Club movements and includes additional suggestions on performance: technique, style, form and cadence etc.
…All you have to do is follow along for a complete Indian Clubs workout.
This poster is printed on high quality enamel paper but, in order to keep that classic look, we “aged” it digitally so that it looks like something that would be hanging in Sandow’s gym or Sig Klein’s place.
Sig Klein’s Gym is long gone, but if it were still around, you
can bet there would be one of these posters on the wall!
The poster is 23 inches by 35 inches in size, comes folded, and looks great as you can see by the picture of it shown above. Think of it as a complete training course that you can hang on your wall instead of putting on your book shelf.
You have two options when ordering the “Simple Indian Club Exercises” workout poster. You may either a) order the poster by itself or b) order any Indian club set and the poster will be included at a reduced price. Please click the button below to be taken to our Indian Club order page: