Real-time movement control requires not just sensing, but also predicting limb position; this is proprioception, our sixth sense, that is the sense of the relative position of neighboring parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement.
When you are swinging Meels you are both forcing a weight in a desired trajectory and, since the weight is distributed and balanced, you are also being forced to follow that pathway, and the weight, in various defined motion patterns.
Meel swinging is a powerful exercise...and great fun! And it is, to my knowledge, the only tool which allows free flow movement in all planes and axis of the arm, i.e. full circumduction of the shoulder and wrist joint and flexion/extension at the elbow joint, whilst evenly distributing the weight throughout the range of motion (ROM) and off-loading the skeletal frame; i.e. the weight is mainly carried by the muscles.
This translates into the muscles, and tendons, working in their full ROM, in this case with an external weight; so it is of utmost importance to properly warm-up and progressively increase the workload using soft, fluid and low impact (not jerky) motions.
So what is a proper warm-up in preparation for Meel swinging? The answer can vary based on the practitioners age, condition level and health; but I'll elaborate more on the Pahlavani way!
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