Clubs, as you may know, have been used by Persians as a strength training tool for a couple of thousand years. And by humans as a weapon and tool for much longer than that!
And the benefits of circular, continuous and fluid movements at the joints, in particular the major ones like the pelvis and shoulder complex, has been intuitively understood and used for strength training in the Persian Yoga system for quite some time.
So what is Circular Strength Training (CST) in Persian Yoga?
To understand this concept deeper let's contrast Circular Strength Training (CST) with Linear Strength Training (LST). LST locks (packs) the joint for movement in one particular plane, this is also why one can lift heavier objects, for example the movement during a bench or shoulder press.
But as recent scientific research (and common sense) suggests that: repeated, one dimensional and heavy loaded movement places great strain and stress on the joints and their related structures. This wear and tear can lead to injuries and pain, like in the shoulder impingement syndrome, something that the great majority of those (including myself) who ever lifted weights regularly has experienced at least once. The same is true for the hip joint, although it is a much stronger structure but can be affected by lack of mobility.
The truth is that the body is designed to move in a multiplanar multidimensional way, especially the ball and socket joints. The joints are healthiest when they are allowed to move in their entire range. In fact the joints of the body, and the muscles that act on them, feel best when their range is gradually and gently challenged e.g. as in stretching. That is one of the main reasons why (Indian) Yoga feels so good.
In Persian Yoga movement is considered a continuum, circular, it has no defined beginning nor end. Similar to ones thoughts, and time, one movement gives rise to another in a continuous process from birth until death. And as everything else relating the body and mind, if done unconsciously and habitually it can lead to imbalances and instabilities in the being.
And as we all know when it comes to the body; if you don't use it, you'll lose it!
So to maintain optimum health in the shoulders and hips it becomes pertinent to move these joints in full circumduction, i.e. 360 degrees circular movement patterns, in a regular, progressive and systematic way and with gentle resistance in order to develop and increase, not only their strength and mobility, but also stability, synchronicity and coordination. This is the essence of circular strength training in Persian Yoga.
In fact the treatment of shoulder impingement syndrome is often physical therapy exercises to maintain range of motion and to stretch and strengthen the shoulder complex, which includes the rotator-cuffs.
This is exactly what CST with Meel and Shena will do for your shoulders and hips by enabling you to move your body/joints systematically and progressively in patterns and trajectories that aid in maintaining and improving their ROM and stability while at the same time strengthening these structures. For other benefits and qualities see this page.
As it is said in Persian Yoga: Your training should heal your body.
To learn more about Persian Yoga, and exercises with Meel and Shena, see the newly published illustrated manual.