The Clubbell® is the ORIGINAL COMBAT FITNESS TOOL specifically researched, engineered and implemented to target the rotary and angular/diagonal muscles, to target the grip, wrist and forearm strength, and to target enhancing shoulder synergy, to be used in sophisticating your movement as a conservative injury prevention, prehabilitation and post-rehabilitation tool, as well as sports-specific performance enhancement.
Displaced Center of Gravity: With dumbbells, the weight can be supported by your skeletal structure, as if sitting on top of a column. With dumbbells your grip is located directly upon the center of gravity which remains constant throughout the exercise for the entire range of motion; a more gross action, power without coordination. The Unique Balance Scheme of Clubbells® forces athletes to use proper technique and concentrate on complex skills during the movement. The Displaced Center of Gravity forces you to keep the weight inside of its proper groove throughout the entire lift. At times having the weight pull away from you is desirable. For example, many people do not have the shoulder flexibility to do overhead squats. The Clubbell® will pull your arm into the proper position and keep it there.
Leverage Lifting Principle: The unique benefits of leverage challenge include a superior training effect. Decreased leverage of the Displaced Center of Gravity translates force more effectively to develop superior grip strength, as well as lower arm, upper arm and shoulder synergy, stabilization and dynamic flexibility. Additionally, Clubbells have specially engineered grip and knob design to provide a perfect purchase for the grip to facilitate easy of utility and maximize your ability to produce force. No other apparatus translates this amount of leveraged force!
Pendulum Swinging Principle: With Clubbells, your grip is at the end of an extension attached to the weighted center of gravity. As you go through the range of motion the weight moves in relation to the fixed point of your grip much the same as a pendulum swings from a fixed point. The leverage and the force constantly change position along with the strength of the pull throughout the range of motion creating resistance and stressing your muscles from varying angles. This gives a totally different dynamic effect to the exercise which is impossible to obtain with any other piece of equipment. This Pendulum Swinging Principle, used for centuries but lost to conventional training, has been reborn through the legendary Clubbell®, a patended breakthrough in combat sport specific training.
Micro-Loading Adjustable Grip: Clubbells® are a means of Incremental Progression. The special design of the handle allows minor increases in weight, never overloading your muscles but always challenging them. Micro-Loading Adjustable Grip is a special design function that uniquely promotes constant progress and strength gains. No other piece of equipment has this versatility!
Complex Training Effect: A Combination Routine is a series of two or more basic exercises woven smoothly together after having mastered each basic component. Combination Routines combine strength and speed/power in the same workout. The Complex Training Effect involves a grinding exercise followed by a similar, but ballistic exercise, or utilizing a ballistic followed by a similar, but grinding exercise. Athletes increase the high tension of the grind or the power of the ballistic exercise or both, and the increases will be greater than if the exercises were performed consecutively. The performance of a grinding exercise followed by a ballistic exercise elicits a neurological response that enables increased power, thereby creating a greater training effect. The Complex Training Effect augments your neuromuscular system by teaching it to fire at a faster rate. It develops strength, speed and technique simultaneously. What this allows is for the Combination Routines to be constructed in the ideal way to improve Specific Physical Preparedness for any particular sport.
Grip Strength & Endurance: One of the single most defining characteristics of athletic performance in sports especially contact sports and tool-using sports, is grip strength & endurance which elite coaches consider the measuring stick of one’s total functional strength. The ability to boldly adhere to an opponent or the strength and proficiency with which one wields the implements of one’s sport generally determines victory. This is certainly true in contact sports such as wrestling, football, and rugby, but also in tool-using sports such as hockey, baseball, and lacrosse. However, most strength programs overlook hand, wrist and forearm conditioning. Furthermore, medical studies have proven than poor mid-life grip strength predicts old-age disability (Journal of the American Medical Association Vol.281 No.6).
Extreme Range Strength: In order to prevent injury and perform at extreme ranges of motion, athletes need to train slightly outside the range and depth of “expected” movements. Circular Strength Training conditions athletes slightly outside the range and depth of the movements of their sport so when (not if) movements deviate from the expected a “safety valve” prevents injury and restores normal work capacity without performance interference. The competitive athlete needs to have these motor recruitment patterns in place to facilitate shoulder synergy for both performance and injury prevention.
Shoulder synergy: The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body, but unfortunately, great mobility comes at the expense of stability. It is a complex arrangement of structures working together to provide the movement necessary for almost all athletic activities. Contact, throwing and racquet/stick sports place great demands upon the shoulder. Injury can occur when athletes overload these movement limits, often resulting in rotator cuff tears.
Conservative Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation: Forceful, repetitive, or sustained static activities occurring over time with insufficient recovery periods may cause or aggravate Cumulative Trauma Disorders, affecting soft tissue of both musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous systems. Any sport or job using the arms can be associated with Cumulative Trauma Disorders. The most commonly described and diagnosed disorders are Rotator Cuff Impingement, Tennis Elbow, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Circular Strength Training may be a conservative injury prevention method for those at risk as well as an important prehabilitative and post-rehabilitative tool to those suffering such common sport-related injuries.
From September 2016, TACFIT Europe signed an agreement with Hatlex for producing the official TACFIT Europe Clubbell. If you want to buy it, click on the shop in the main menu of this site.