In the modern world, we live in there are numerous systems, programs and tools we can use to enhance our fitness. Many people will tell you that one particular modality of training is the best or the most effective in the ongoing fight against obesity and weakness.
I, however believe that there is no one perfect way of training and that the more proficient you can become with multiple modalities and tools, is the real key to long-term health longevity. After all a hammer is great for hitting a nail but if you need to drill a hole it falls short of the mark. In essence each tool has its own unique uses and properties and should be best used in the way they were intended and originally invented.
Anthropology has determined that the modern design of the human hand owes more to use of gripping early Wooden club like weapons (a broken tree branch) and the use of rudimentary tools for survival, than it does to crawling around on our hands. Bodyweight training of this type is very effective, demanding and a lot of fun but we must not discount the benefit of primal training using a tool with a hilt that must be gripped and swung.
Most of the training methods developed with the Club and associated tools stem from the use of them in a battle or fight. Due to early human’s inherent tribal instinct and nature’s survival mechanism they would fight for food, shelter, land, a mate and protection.
So the use of a weighted Club to condition themselves for the arduous rigours of combat became the early training modality of choice. If they needed to fight with a weapon weighing 1kg for a prolonged period of time it would be wise to train with a heavier weight for the same or even longer period of time. The attitude of, be more prepared than the challenge faced, was adopted.