Ten Pounds of Terror

Today, for the very first time, I did full front swipes with two 10 lb black clubbells. They weigh 10 lbs apiece, and I’m here to tell ya those black monsters are terrifying to swing up and dip behind my head, one in each hand.

One clonk on the back of my head or neck and I know the party will be over forever. When I decided to do clubbells, it never occurred to me I’d be inviting brain or nerve damage. I had no clue about the reality of 10 lbs of plastic coated weighted steel flying around the back of my head or past my knees with momentum. I assumed 10 lbs weren’t all that heavy, having handled dumbells, barbells and weights before that were far heavier.

I never would have done it if my coach, a black belt in jiu jitsu and experienced trainer, had not worked with me to learn how to grip them in the middle of the handle, balance them in a front post position and use momentum to angle them over my back. The weird thing about clubbells, is that heavy or not, you need to relax and use momentum to use them properly. And this is the complete opposite of what you want to do when you don’t have either the strength or coordination to begin with.

Right now, training for clubbell certification seems about as intelligent and sustainable as going to circus school to learn how to be shot out of a cannon. There is no safety. I’m praying to get through this without damage.

About Shirley

I started this blog to expand and explore my rhythm horizons as a hand drummer. That exploration includes touching on the rest of my life and inner world as authentically and truthfully as possible.
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