Set For Set Steel Maces are now available in 7, 10, 15, 20 and 25lbs. With so many options, we thought we'd give you a simple post that would be useful to determine what size mace you should buy.
With over 100 movements and countless possibilities to make a creative full body workout, here are some tips on choosing the right mace or maces for you.
Most Versatile Size:
If you are looking for the most versatile size go with a 10LB or 15LB mace.
Note: Another size may be better for you, take your current conditioning and strength into consideration when choosing your mace.
Altering the difficulty of the steel mace
The beauty of the steel mace is that you can increase the difficulty by moving your hands closer together towards the end of the handle or make it easier by using a spread-out grip with one hand closer to the head while the other remains towards the bottom of the handle.
The ability to change the difficulty of a movement by simply altering your hand placement makes the Steel Mace an extremely dynamic and versatile training tool.
Circuit/Full Body Conditioning/FLOW:
The 10LB mace is the most common steel mace to begin a mace journey with. The mace was designed to be a conditioning tool; primarily used for the purpose of enhancing muscular endurance (ability to do repeated movements over time), cardiorespiratory endurance (ability to continue to perform with your heart beating at a high rate), and mobility (ability to get into good positions with your body). In this case, we recommend most individuals start with a 10LB or 15LB steel mace, depending on your body size and strength. With the 10LB you should be able to go through the whole workout or circuit without putting the mace down. Once you master that, you can move up in weight.
Traditional Mace Movements (360 and 10-to-2):
A heavier mace is recommended for traditional mace movements. However, you should still work your way up to a heavier mace; starting with a lighter mace until you master the movement. We say if you can do 100 360s in a row it's time to move up in weight.
Traditional Body Building Style Training - Legs, Shoulders, Chest, Back, Core:
If you are looking to train in a traditional gym manner with your mace (i.e. LEG DAY, back…or even, a leg circuit followed by a back circuit, etc.), it’s ideal to have different size maces, but it's not necessary. If it's not in the bank right now, revert back to "Most Versatile Size". If you don't mind dropping some money for different sizes, and all you care about is being properly equipped for WAR, a heavier mace for leg movements, a lighter mace for arms, a mid-size mace for back (you get the point) is ideal.
If you think two steel maces are enough, we'd recommended a 10LB or 15LB, and a 20LB or 25LB duo.
Use your judgment:
Women or those of you with joint pain may want to start with a 7LB steel mace. Men, even well-conditioned athletes, may want a 7LB or 10LB for warm ups or prehab and rehab exercises. You can do a lot of unique exercises with a light steel mace, hitting smaller muscles in your arms and core that you've never felt before. The 20 & 25LB are badass, they will be a challenge and really work your muscle strength and endurance. It's up to you for what you want to accomplish, use your judgment.
If you want to get creative and have seemingly endless possibilities with exercises/movements and workouts, having a wider range of sizes will allow you to perform many creative exercises and experience tremendously difficult workouts - sometimes fun, sometimes to death.
Already have a mace? Be sure to pick up our extensive steel mace training e-guide to take your (or your clients) mace training to the next level.
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