Indian Clubs: Let’s Get Physical

Aug 14, 2020 | Museum Collections


Home fitness is all the rage! And that means the Fernie Museum Historical Spa and Fitness Centre is bringing back the original functional exercise doohickey: the Indian Club! Yes, this oddly-shaped piece of wood has been keeping fitness buffs like Persian soldiers, Sikh strongmen and Queen Victoria in fighting shape for hundreds of years. It’s time to get physical!



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Workhouse Inmates

Various authors for Cassell & Co. / Public domain

Typewriter Advertisement

Source: Clotho98/ Flickr

Indian Wrestler

Paratha Sarathi Sahana / CC BY (

“No really, You are Not Going to Regret This

Francis Hayman / Public domain

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After Thomas Lawrence / Public domain

Donald Dinnie

Unidentified photographer / Public domain

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photo: unknownscan: James Steakley / Public domain

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Unknown author / Public domain

Club swinger, no. 1 / Indian club swinger / Early Edison camera tests / Newark athlete

William K. L. Dickson / Public domain- Cropped at beginning and End

Source: Library of Congress

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National Media Museum from UK / No restrictions

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See page for author / Public domain

Suffragettes with tartan sashes

LSE Library / No restrictions,_c.1908._(22302489623).jpg

Punch cartoon-Suffragette

Arthur Wallis Mills / Public domain

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