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July 24, 2018
In this article, Coach Rich Thurman brings up a great point about how compensating your form due to a lack of mobility when swinging the steel mace (or any fitness tool for that matter) can affect your body negatively.
It's important to understand that improving mobility is essential to maintaining proper form, which in turn will allow you to gain strength in a way that is effective and safe for the long run. If your form is incorrect, you are compensating by using muscles and joints that shouldn't be activated, or as activated, which can lead to injury or over-development in certain areas. This applies to almost every exercise; especially the Big Three - squats, bench, deadlift.
The first thing you need to do is understand how to correctly perform a movement. To do so you need to know exactly which muscles and stabilizer muscles should be involved and the exact movement pattern. Then if your mobility isn't adequate, you need to work on that first. Once you have the necessary mobility for a movement, you can add a load (weight) and start gaining strength in that specific exercise.
Today we will use the 10 to 2 macebell swing as an example. This video further explains the above (and below) so be sure to watch this now...
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Guest Blog: Coach Rich Thurman
I've written numerous articles about the concept of "mobility" and Steel Mace Training. As more and more people begin to pick up the Mace and swing it, it's important that we clear up confusion about the Steel Mace's contributions to Mobility training.
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