Clubbells: 10 Years Later (A Love Story)

My Thoughts After 10 Years of Clubbell Training (Updated Clubbell Review)

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It’s hard to believe that I have been using clubbells for ten years now.

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Here’s an old photo of my childre…err…collection (I’ve added to it since then).

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They grow up so fast!

I got hooked on clubbells after my training partner let me try out his 10 pounder way back in 2006, and I got started with those blue 5 lb mini-clubbells you see pictured above, which I still use to this day.

I kept up my training, got some heavier clubs, and a few years later, I got certified as a CST Instructor, which allowed me to teach clubbell training professionally.

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A blurry group photo of the CST Pi Cadre. I’m seventh from the left, in the back row.

A couple years later, I went on to get certified as a CST Coach.

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Listening to a lecture by Scott Sonnon on CST fundamentals. That’s me in the black tank top on the left.

And around that time, I published my complete review of the clubbell. You can read it here: Clubbell Review. Or, watch part one of the video portion below…

Eventually, I updated that review when TACFIT clubbells hit the market (a new model).

The short version: While they have some great features, I don’t recommend TACFIT clubbells – mainly because they need an improved grip surface. I have always and still recommend the original CST clubbells, though. They’re the best weighted clubs for strength training that I’ve ever used. You can’t go wrong with them.

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Over the years, I’ve taught clubbell training to dozens of people and have gotten more than my fair share of stares and questions at the gym and local parks. I’ve had many people marvel over them and have witnessed several dudes humbled by them, too. Oh, and my neighbors all think I’m crazy. It just comes with the territory, I guess.

Of course, I’ve tried many different protocols and programs – some of my own and some from other professionals, too. Here’s a favorite of mine: Clubbell Flow Evolution by Shane Heins. That program is a must-have for any clubbell trainee, in my opinion. It’s the best club training program out there, by far. Here’s my review, an interview with Shane all about it, and two sample workouts (1 & 2). Can you tell that I’m a fan?

And here’s a video of one of the workouts from the strength cycle…

But apart from all the programs I’ve tried, I also enjoy doing some free flow clubbell practice or “play” sessions every once in awhile…just because.

And you know me. I’ve always liked a good challenge.

Over the last ten years, I’ve done countless clubbell workouts and have even competed in a few clubbell swinging competitions, too. You can watch one of my performances here: My Results In The Cross-World Clubbell Competition (1st place in the 15 lbs Men’s Division with 288 points!). I’m proud of that particular performance because it was scorching hot that day, and I had a migraine.

I’ve done all kinds of craziness with these fun, innovative tools (1,000 non-stop mills anyone?). Needless to say, I love this tool and have put them to good use over the years.

And so, today, I thought I’d provide a brief update of my thoughts on the clubbell tool itself.

As I’m sure you’ve guessed. I still like them. A lot. They have been a staple in my strength training toolbox for a decade now, and I plan to continue using them for the foreseeable future. All of my clubbells are still in good condition. Although, they’re a little beat up, and usually very dirty. But I expect to get many more years of use out of them.

Now, I could take this opportunity to tell you (and I have… many times) that clubbells are a great tool for not only grip strength, arm/shoulder/back development, rotational and lateral movement training, and whole body strength integration (just to name a few), but they also fill a gap in strength training like no other tool does.

They are a versatile, practical, and durable fitness tool that have a number of unique benefits. And if you’d like, you can read all about the details in my complete Clubbell Review.

But rather than hype on the details today, I really just wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that clubbells are great – as is weight swinging, in general. And if you’re at-all into fitness or strength training, you’ll probably love clubbells like I do – once you get the hang of them.

They’re a lot of fun to use, and they deliver one-of-a-kind benefits when it comes to your strength and conditioning, and fitness, in general. So, just between you and me, I think they’re worth your while.

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What’s the best deal?

In terms of value, this looks like the best deal for MEN: 15 Pound Clubbell Starter Bundle. And this looks like the best deal for WOMEN: 10 Pound Clubbell Starter Bundle. The Men’s and Women’s “Clubbell Starter Kits” are a great deal, too. They don’t come with the Big Book of Clubbell Training, but you do get the 5-DVD Encyclopedia of Clubbell Training, which is what I used to learn all of the basic exercises way back when.

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2 Responses

  1. William

    John, are you on instagram?

    Also, keen to know your thoughts on Functional Patterns by Naudi Aguilar. Do you know of Functional Patterns?

    Just this week, I’ve started to use the clubbells for functional training and I discovered your website after doing research and see you’ve been using them quite a longtime.

    Clubbells truly involve the whole body and I’m blown away how even weights of 4, 6 and 8kg can be quite taxing.

    • John

      Hey William,

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the clubbells! I have an IG account, but haven’t done anything there as of yet. And I’m familiar with Naudi Aguilar’s work, but haven’t checked out any of his products. Probably should get on that…

      Thanks for your comment.

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