What is Steel Mace

The steel mace was first used in Northern India and Southern Pakistan over 2,000 years ago as a weapon and a wrestling training tool, known as a gada.  It is usually made out of metal or wood.  The first ones were made out of a bamboo stick with a stone tied to one end.  The simple design of a straight handle with a weight at the end offers several different training options.  

Ancient Hindu warriors would use the gada to help strengthen their backs, shoulders, arms and hands.  By changing the length of the handle and the size of the weight a variety of challenging combinations of techniques can be practiced requiring core strength, joint mobility, coordination and grip strength.  Making it an optimal training tool for not only wrestlers but a variety of martial arts and anyone looking for a full body functional workout.

Why Study Steel Mace

Let’s face it, in today’s modern world we are not training to be warriors, even the days of high school wrestling and combat sports are over for most of us.  However, wielding a steel mace can offer us a truly unique opportunity to train our minds, bodies and spirit like the ancient warriors did.  Most of us are looking for better balance, core strength and functional fitness.  Training with the steel mace offers all of these and much more in a fun and engaging form of exercise with minimal impact on your organs and joints.  

Learn more about how to balance, strengthen, and heal your body with the steel mace below.

Benefits of Steel Mace

The steel mace has numerous health benefits as it is a full body workout, and considered by some to be one of the best functional fitness tools available today.  The steel mace offers a wide variety of movements that allows for a wide range of training from very simple stabilization exercises to complicated steel mace flow routines.  If you’re looking for a new workout that will be challenging, fun, and creative the steel mace might be what you’ve always been looking for.

  • Increase joint mobility
  • Develops core stability and strength
  • Develops shoulder girdle
  • Increases grip strength
  • efficiency and stability
  • Increases and develops coordination
  • Strengthens the posterior chain
  • Improves elbow and wrist flexibility
  • Improves burst/rest cardiovascular conditioning
  • Enhances range of motion
  • Efficient movement patterning
  • Enhances neural coordination
  • Increases grip strength

Who can use the Steel Mace

The steel mace can be used by anyone with the proper training and supervision.  Once you have learned the basic safety protocols of using the mace you will be able to use it in a variety of different workouts depending on your strength and comfort level.  

The steel mace can be a great tool for anyone, but especially for individuals returning to exercise from an injury – post rehab, increasing core stability, overall balance and weight loss.