Adjustable Weight Indian Clubs




Introduction: Adjustable Weight Indian Clubs

As you may have noticed, old time exercises are coming back. In the past 10 years or so, kettle bells have made their way back in to mainstream fitness. Now Indian Clubs are starting to come back. Unfortunately, there are not readily available in most sporting good or fitness stores. When I have found them, they tend to be 1-3 lbs. and cost from $50 to $100+. In my research I have found that 5-10 lbs. is more appropriate weight for men to use (after building up to it).

Wanting to try Indian clubs and not want to spend a lot of money, I made my own adjustable weight Indian clubs. These clubs are not as pretty as the wooden ones, but they work well.

Author's Note: All physical activities are accompanied by risk of injury. Improper form or weight increase the risk. These clubs weigh 2-2.5 lbs. This is a good starting weight to learn proper form. It is being smart, not a wimp!!! I bench over 300 lbs and military press over 200 lbs, and these clubs worked just fine for me to learn. Adding weight makes it really fun.

Step 1: Things You Will Need

1- 4 foot length of ¾ inch inside diameter pipe threaded on both ends
2-  ¾ inch end caps
2- large washers that will slip over the pipe
Some scrap steel
About 1 ft of 1 1/4 inch ID PVC pipe (I bought a 2 ft length of scrape for $2)
*I paid about $17 for the materials at the Local Ace Hardware

You will also need weights to add.

Grinder with a grinding disc and a cutting disc
Tape measure
File or deburrer

Note: Use proper safety gear. You are responsible for your own safety!!

Step 2: Cutting

Measure 2 feet on the pipe and mark it. (I left the plastic cap on the pipe because it is 1/16 inch, and the kerf of my cutting wheel is 1/8 inch.) Now cut. I would have used a chop saw if I had one. A reciprocating saw (sawzall) or a hack saw would also work.

After you cut, grind and debur the cut end.

Note: I am currently looking for a cap or plug for this end.

Step 3: Welding

If the pipe is painted, grind or remove the paint about 6 inches from the threaded end. Remove caps on the ends. Measure and mark 6 inches from the threaded end. Slip the washers on. I used a magnetic triangle to hold the washers in place. Weld on the side of the washer away from the threaded end of the pipe. Make a couple of tack welds. The run the bead.

Step 4: The End Cap

I tried hand tightening the end caps, and decided that a small handle on each would help out.

Grind the top of each end cap so that they are flat. Cut two 4 inch long strip of 1/8 X ¾ inch scrap steel. Grind and file the edges so they are not sharp.

Clamp the strip to the top of the cap and weld. Note: due to the thickness of the caps, they will take a while to cool.

Step 5: Adding Spacers and Wieghts

The clubs are now almost ready for added weights. However, spacers are needed to keep the weights from sliding around.

Place the weight(s) on the club and slide it all the way to the washer. Next, screw on the end cap tightly. Now measure. One could use a set of inside/outside calipers, but I just eyeballed it. Mark the PVC pipe, and cut to length. Remove the end cap and weight. Then slide on the spacer, followed by the weigh*t. Finally, screw on the end cap.

*The weights I used are 2.5 lbs. Golds Gym kettle plates. They are a little wide, but work ok. I would rather use normal ones, but thats what I had.

Step 6: Time to Workout

Now it is time to exercise. You will need some reading material to learn the exercises. I like Sim D. Kehoe’s The Indian Club Exercise. One can buy a reprint on Amazon,

Free PDF, Text, and various other formats versions can be found at

or a Jpeg can be found at

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    6 years ago

    Excellent Work So nice !!!


    Could you tell me please if I can practice these excersises indoors please.Hope to herainf from you soonn our mail:

    Best Wishes !!

    God Bless you and a Happy new Year

    Mariana husband and family


    Reply 6 years ago

    no, I use the clubs outside because of the size of my home.


    Reply 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for your reply.

    Nice Job!!

    I would like to tell you I have found that in spanish language are called " clavas" and they are built in wood or now in some difffernt modern materials.

    I wanted to tell you to improve our knowledge of sports .Sorry to bopther you . Hope not yo offend you. God Bless you mariana and family


    Reply 6 years ago

    Yes, I know (and have known for about 20 years) that Indian clubs are traditional made of wood. These clubs are meant to have an adjustable weight, also an old idea, at a minimal price. Besides, I need more than today's standard of 1-3 pounds weight. Another cheap solution is to fill plastic kiddie baseball bats to the desired weight, and then filling the rest with expanding foam.


    Reply 6 years ago

    Wow. You are a genius.
    I will only comment to you to share information.
    You are right.
    We can fill plastic baseball bats to the Desired weight.con many things like sand filling and then a rest With the expanding foam.
    Excellent !!
    Great Ideas You've given me !!!!!.
    Grateful !! Thanks for your reply