After all, when you lift weights, you can only lift them in straight lines...but your body moves and functions in a circular manner. This is especially true for the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder. Think of how many different directions you can move your arm and how few of them you can reach with "weights" alone.
There's no question that the shoulder girdle is by far one of the most movable areas of the body but it is also one of the most fragile. Regardless of how you use your body, it is very important to keep the shoulders strong, loose, and flexible.
But many people never fully develop their natural shoulder girdle mobility and muscular balance. Let me tell you about a simple training technique that will help..
Several thousand years ago, Indian wrestlers and warriors prepared themselves for battle by swinging wooden "clubs" to condition their bodies and build upper-body strength. This practice spread amongst many different countries throughout the ensuing centuries - club swinging of various forms can be found in just about every middle-eastern and Asian country.
In the 1800's, British soldiers started practicing "Indian Club" techniques and brought them back to Europe where the clubs became part of the physical culture tradition.
In time, European immigrants brought Indian Club training to American shores. Club swinging was adopted into American school physical education programs and military physical readiness training.
In the early 20th century, many students began their day with a few minutes of club swinging to wake up mind and body.
Utilizing a series of graceful swinging movements, Indian Club training was a simple method for individuals to build stronger, healthier bodies while promoting joint integrity and improving strength and overall vitality.
You simply need a space big enough to let you swing the clubs with out interference and you are in business. Keep in mind that just because the clubs are "relatively" light doesn't mean that you aren't going to get one hell of a workout.
When used correctly the clubs can humble even the strongest of athletes
(As I mentioned this type of training kicked my ass, and I of course am awesome)
This is what Indian Clubs look like.They range from one to three pounds in weight and from 16-1/2 inches to 20 inches in length.