OK, let’s shift gears a bit today and get back to what I like talking about the most: exercise! The Onnit steel mace was released a couple of weeks ago and I purchased one and have prepared a review for you guys. I know a lot of you have been waiting for this based on the traffic coming to the site looking for information on the steel clubs and steel maces, so let’s get started!
Onnit steel maces come in 10, 15, and 20 lb. sizes. It’s recommended that you begin with the smallest size and work your way up to a heavy mace as you become accustomed to the weight and exercises. The mace measures 40.5 inches long regardless of the weight, so you’ll need a lot of room to swing one around. I have 15-foot ceilings in my house so it’s easy for me to do the exercises indoors, but a lot of you will likely have to take your steel mace exercises outdoors.
I’ve been doing a variety of steel mace exercises indoors, such as mace barbarian squats, mace 10 to 2s, mace ballistic curls, and mace 360s. These are the exercises listed on the Onnit website, and while I wasn’t sure exactly how to do them, a quick YouTube search led me in the right direction with a variety of tutorial videos that walked me through them all. I’m now doing the Librarian to Barbarian routine outlined on the Onnit website from memory.
The above exercises I can easily do indoors, but the Hammer Time tire training mace exercises I do outdoors, as I don’t want a dirty old tire in my house. The tire mace exercises include sledge hammers, grave diggers, and kayaks. Again, I wasn’t sure exactly how to do these, but YouTube tutorials taught me and now I can do them outdoors without having to drag my laptop outside with me.
The Onnit steel mace is priced at just $40 for the smallest size, which is more than reasonable. The quality of it is outstanding, crafted from a single piece of welded steel and covered in a chip-resistant black coating. You don’t have to worry about beating the crap out of a tire and then leaving the mace outdoors. It’s not going to rust in the rain, and you’re definitely not going to be able to bend or crack the mace, not unless you’re actually trying to destroy it.
So what did I think of the Onnit steel mace? Honestly, I loved it! I truly felt like a badass barbarian, swinging around a giant heavy sword. I turned it into a game, like I was preparing for the impending zombie apocalypse. But seriously, because they were new to me, the exercises were fun and a great way to break up the monotony of doing the same kettlebell DVDs repeatedly. I also love that I don’t need a whole weight set or exercise equipment. Just a single steel mace will really kick your dick in the dirt. In a good, way of course!