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 to start with.
With over 100 movements and countless possibilities to make a creative full body workout, here are some serious tips on choosing the right mace weight (or mace weights - meaning multiple maces) for you.
Mace weights come in a variety of sizes. Here are the sizes/weights you will easily be able to buy online:
If you are looking for the most versatile size go with a 10LB or 15LB mace.
Women and beginners will always be recommended the 7LB or 10LB mace. It’s the smartest place to start.
For men, if you are inexperienced with mace training but you are well-conditioned, a 15LB mace is ok, just be ready to have a very challenging learning experience.
Note: Another size may be better for you, take your current conditioning, strength, and understanding of other similar unconventional fitness tools into consideration when choosing your mace weight.
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.
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 mace (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 mace weight.
The answer to this one is simple - if you want to flow, get a 10LB mace.
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.
If you are looking for single arm swings, or double macing aka dual movements, the 7LB mace weight is great for the average sized man or the 10 for a well-conditioned man.
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 getting two steel maces is enough, we'd recommended a 10LB or 15LB, and a 20LB or 25LB duo. Depending on your goals.
Ideally having a lighter and heavier mace would be great. The 10LB is great for doing flows - Even if you are in the 170-200LB bodyweight range, a 10LB mace will be best for flows.
A 15LB will make for a tough full body conditioning workout. A 15LB is great for a circuit workout for someone in the 160-200LB weight range, who is well-conditioned. Adjust this understanding according to how much you weigh and your conditioning level.
The heavier maces (20-30LB maces) will be good for traditional exercises and some other movements as you gain more control of the mace. These mace weight sizes are only recommended for experienced mace users
Who should buy a 7-pound mace:
Who should buy a 10-pound mace:
Who should buy a 15-pound mace:
Who should buy a 20-pound mace:
Who should buy a 25/30-pound mace:
If you are a stronger woman, the world is yours just as it is for a man. Use the 15-25LB ladies - just make sure you are prepared! Our ambassador @KellsBells88 on Instagram can swing the 25LB like it’s her job…Because it is!
The golden rule is 100 mace 360s and you can move up in weight. And if you can do 100, try practicing with one arm mace swings - it makes it much more difficult, much more awkward and will put your stability to the test.
Remember though, due to the creativity of athletes, maces have taken on a new persona. It’s not all about 360s and 10-to-2s, which is why having different sizes is important so you can master all the movements...and even create new ones.
Some mace movements are simply impossible with the heavier weighted maces. Which is why having lighter to heavier sizes is crucial. You can do mace flow to heavy mace swings, covering endurance, stamina, strength and explosive power.
Work your way up smartly:
People from India who have been using maces (Gadas to them) for a long time are swinging maces even 50LBs in weight. Sometimes with one hand. This is extremely difficult, but working your way up is essential. If not you can complicate pre-existing injuries or cause new ones, especially in the lower back or elbows with the heavier weights. If you have 15, 20 or 25 and it's becoming easy, again, try single arm swings and offset movements.
If you can have every mace, it’s really the best, because if you have a full set of steel mace weights, you open yourself up to every move and even single arm or double mace movements (if you get two of the same size).
Why a full set is great:
If you were to put together a full body circuit, and you had all the sizes, (or at least a set with a range of say 10, 15 and 20 pounds, you would be able to switch the mace depending on the body part you are working or exercises you are performing. For example, most people would want a heavier weight when doing maces curtesy lunges, and for obliques and core, you may want a 10 or a 15LB. Having a range of maces will truly provide you with full body conditioning.
Another example, if you only got a 20 or 25LB mace, you could work on your traditional movements very nicely, but you wouldn’t be able to do proper flows or sequences/complexes that require a lighter mace weight. Even if you think you are a monster, holding a 20LB mace in certain positions and movements is extremely taxing and will require you to put the mace down and rest. And that’s not the most ideal use of a mace. The mace was designed to be a conditioning tool. You can still use the heavier maces as a conditioning tool, but you will be limited to the traditional movements or larger body part exercises to be able to keep the repeated movement over time.
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 for fun, sometimes to death.
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 best judgment. We hope this article has helped.
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