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What Size Steel Mace Should I Buy?

April 17, 2019 2 Comments

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.

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Mace Weight

Mace weights come in a variety of sizes. Here are the sizes/weights you will easily be able to buy online:

7LB Mace
10LB Mace
15LB Mace
20LB Mace
25LB Mace
30LB Mace

What Size Mace Should I Start With?

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Most Versatile Size:

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.

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:

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. 

Steel Mace Flow:

The answer to this one is simple - if you want to flow, get a 10LB mace. 

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.

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.

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.

Steel Mace Targeted Exercises For Traditional Style Training

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Two Maces:

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

Let's break each mace weight down into bullet points:

7LB Mace:

  • One-handed steel mace movements.
  • Double Mace (need two for this). Double fist your mace - One in each hand.
  • Mace Flows for beginners.
  • Practicing tough mace movements.
  • Best mace for women and kids mace training classes.
  • If you want a mace that's very easy on joints/strengthens joints
  • Warrior/fighting movements that can be done easily.
  • Wrist strength exercises
  • If you are a beginner and want to be able to perform every mace movement without much difficulty, however, due to it being light the swing movements produce less momentum which isn’t ideal for 360 or 10-to-2s.

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Who should buy a 7-pound mace:

  • Women
  • Elderly
  • Kids (ages 13+)

Specs:

  • shorter handle
  • slightly skinnier grip

10LB Mace:

  • One-handed steel mace movements.
  • Double-mace exercises, one in each hand (good for advanced mace users).
  • Best mace for flows (pick this mace up and don’t put it down for 20 minutes).
  • Best mace for hiit.
  • Good mace to practice swing movements such as the 360 and 10-to-2.
  • Best mace for classes (men and women) as it’ll kick your ass but you won’t have to rest or put the mace down between movements.
  • Strengthens joints.
  • Warrior/fighting movements.
  • Good for full body workout.
  • Can perform every mace movement with this size.

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Who should buy a 10-pound mace:

  • Women of good conditioning.
  • Men of all conditioning level (note: even advanced mace users use the 10LB for mace flows - however, heavier maces are ideal for 360’s and 10-to-2s)
  • Elderly (good max size for people 60+ as it isn’t tough on the joints and can actually strengthen them, along with muscle and endurance growth).

Specs:

  • Long handle for a 10LB mace (same as the 15LB) which makes it ideal for swing movements, and for those who want to practice their swing with a lighter weight, as the length of the lever produces similar momentum as the heavier maces (which are usually the most ideal for 360’s and 10-to-2s).
  • Knurled grip for maximum grip strength.

15LB Mace:

  • Great for conditioned athletes if looking to do HIIT or warrior type full body training.
  • Great for 360’s and 10-to-2’s. Work your way up until you can do 100 in a row.
  • Good for one hand 360’s and Hand Switches if well conditioned, especially important to have strong wrist, elbow and shoulder joints.
  • HIIT work for well-conditioned athletes.
  • Great for tough full body workouts.
  • Full body workout that can get you sore.
  • Great for gaining strength and muscle endurance, stability muscles and core.

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Who should buy a 15-pound mace:

  • Men (well conditioned)
  • Stronger women

    Specs:

    • Long handle (similar specs as the 10LB mace but with a bigger ball which produces more momentum on swing movements).
    • Knurled grip

    20LB Mace:

    • Best for 360s and 10-to-2s (work your way up to this one).
    • Great for full-body muscle strength and growth (especially shoulders and back).
    • Good for leg movements like lunges (will kick your butt, literally).
    • Grip and forearm strength.
    • Shoulder strength.
    • Core Stability.

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    Who should buy a 20-pound mace:

    • Athletic men
    • Strong, athletic women with a lot of mace experience

    Specs:

    • Fat grip
    • Longer handle
    • Knurled grip

    25LB & 30LB Mace:

    • Best for 360s and 10-to-2s (work your way up to this one).
    • Great for full-body muscle strength and growth (especially shoulders and back).
    • Also great for leg movements (will kick your butt, literally).
    • Grip and forearm strength through traditional movements.
    • Shoulder strength.
    • Core stability at its best.

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    Who should buy a 25/30-pound mace:

    • Athletic, very well conditioned and experienced mace user Men
    • Same for women if they are extremely strong women with a lot of mace experience

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    Specs:

    • Fat grip
    • Long handle
    • Knurled grip

    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!

    When to move up in mace weight?

    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.

    Full Set of Mace Weights:

    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). 

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    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.

    Getting Creative:

    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.

    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 best judgment. We hope this article has helped.

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    2 Responses

    Ryan Klein
    Ryan Klein

    November 11, 2018

    I love my mace but I’m looking at getting a steel club for when I’m stuck at work and want a quick workout at lunch. I currently have a 25lb mace that I use for all exercises, some low reps because of weight and difficulty. My question is how heavy of a club should I purchase? 25 or 35 lbs?

    Vince Duong
    Vince Duong

    November 11, 2018

    To whom it may concern, I can handle a 20 pound clubbell by utilizing the easiest grip. I was just wondering what wait I should start off when I decide to get a Facebook.
    Vince

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