Every now and then you come across a revelation in the fitness industry that gets you excited and makes you yearn for more. This was my experience with a tool we like to call the wand.
If you were to peek into the mancave of Ron Jones, you’d see that he has no shortage of these centuries-old training tools on hand for friends, family, clients and anyone who wants to get a taste of what restorative arts is all about. I had the luxury of finding out firsthand about a year ago and there’s been no turning back.
Known in historical times as one of the “4 Horsemen,” wands are simply dowel rods approximately five feet in length. After noticing a remarkable difference in my shoulder mobility and flexibility from a regular daily dose of wand drills, I have recently changed their name to “magic wands.”
It just fits. All I do is wave the magic wand through a few different patterns for a whopping 30 seconds and my shoulders feel amazing. It’s jut like magic! I know it might sound too good to be true, but it’s the real deal baby! And believe me, I was once a skeptic.
How could a tool weighing probably less than a Super Value Meal do such an incredible job at resetting my shoulders and improving my posture? If you are a kettlebell slinger, you might know of this term called the “what the hell effect.” Well I’m adding the wand to this category.
Literally within seconds you feel your shoulders come to life. Especially the smaller rotator cuff muscles found on the back of your shoulders. People are always looking for ways to pre-hab, rehab and strengthen the rotator cuff, and I see everything from light dumbbells to soup cans to resistance bands being used. That’s all well and fine, but in all my years of training, I say nothing compares to the wand. And THAT is why it’s magic!
I’m not the only one who holds the wand in such high regard either. Every time I run a client through a mere five minutes of wand drills, I’m met with a “what the hell just happened” look. Usually the next words I hear are “My shoulders haven’t felt this good in years!” And remember, this is after MINUTES of work, not hours.
Because of incidents like this, my philosophy in fitness has changed a great deal as well. If you ever see me work out, you will notice that I constantly integrate wands and Indian clubs into my routines. Each one by themselves is awesome, but when you use them together, a synergy occurs that’s impossible to trump.
My recovery time has decreased, my strength has gone up, I’m more flexible then I’ve ever been and I can throw a football 60 yards on a frozen rope. None of this is coincidence.
All that heavy lifting you do might be fun to impress your friends and peeps, but if you can’t drive a golf ball with snap and flare, what good is it? I’m not against heavy lifting. We all need to be strong for one reason or another, but being able to function properly with grace and ease should be the main priority when you step foot into the gym.
Think of all the things you like to do that don’t involve heavy lifting like biking, golf, tennis, hiking, swimming, rock climbing, fishing and even skiing. Practicing the sport will make you good, but incorporating restorative drills in your training will make you great!
If you want to learn more about wands, Indian clubs or other restorative methods, don’t be shy to hit us up. Either Ron, myself or our research partner Shane can surely assist you. Also keep your eyes and ears open for future Lean Beret’s workshops. They have officially launched and I would go as far as calling them life changing!
Additionally, if you are interested in hosting a workshop, we’ll gladly come to your neck of the woods and set up a fun, engaging throwdown that will leave participants begging for more.
On that note, it’s time to role. Respect your body, respect other people’s bodies and always be kind!