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Set For Set Steel Maces are now available in 7, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30lbs. With so many mace weight options, we thought we'd give you a simple post that would be useful to determine:
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.
Macebell weights come in a variety of sizes. Here are the sizes/weights you will easily be able to buy online:
There are heavier options, but you will need to do some digging around to find out where to buy them.
Generally speaking, for both men and women, trainers will suggest you start with a 10LB mace. It's really the smartest place to start. With a 10LB steel mace, you will be able to learn the movements safely and more efficiently, and a 10LB mace will always be useful even when you move on to heavier weights.
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.
Point being, if you find you can't handle the size you purchased, you can always choke up on the handle and grip the mace closer to the head to make exercises easier. Over time, you can slowly increase the difficulty by altering your grip. You will progress quickly.
All in all, 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.
If you are looking for the most versatile size go with a 10LB or 15LB mace.
For men who are strong, well-conditioned, and comfortable with mace training, you will likely find a 15LB mace more of a "go-to" size.
With one of these sizes, you will always find use for it, even as you advance, whether it's a warm up, flow, complex or metabolic workout.
The 10LB mace is the most common steel mace to begin a mace journey with, but is also the most common size for metabolic conditioning workouts. The steel 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 at a high level for extended periods of time), and maintaining mobility. 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 dual movements (a mace in each hand), a 7LB or 10LB mace is good.
If you are looking to incorporate some mace exercises into a standard gym routine or a circuit workout with other equipment, it’s ideal to have different size maces, but it's not absolutely necessary. If it's not in the bank right now, revert back to the "Most Versatile Size" above. But, if you don't mind dropping some money, get two or three sizes so you are properly equipped to do targeted mace exercises - i.e. a heavier mace for leg movements, a lighter mace for arms/shoulders, a mid-size mace for back...you get the point.
If you think getting two steel maces, we'd recommended getting a lighter and heavier size. The following sizes are nicely paired:
That said, it really depends on your goal and skill level. If you are a beginner, a 10 and 15 pound mace would make more sense, that way you can be more incremental in your progression.
But, if you are skilled with the mace, having a lighter and heavier mace would be great.
Here are specs and best uses for each individual mace weight...
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! We know plenty of women who can swing the 25LB mace!
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).
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 curtsy 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 for hell!
Our extensive Steel Mace Training e-Guide will take you from mace beginner to pro in no time:
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.
We sell steel maces from 7-30 pounds at SET FOR SET. We are confident you will love the quality of our maces. We've been in the mace game for many years and we actually train with maces, unlike the vast majority of Amazon seller. Plus, our reviews speak for themselves.
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