Much like Onnit’s Primal Bells, Zombie Bells, and Legend Bells, the sculpted Quad Mace is almost as much artwork to be admired as it is a functional piece of exercise equipment.
In fact, the Onnit Quad Mace was actually inspired by artwork, or at least the artwork of Alex Grey.
If you’re unfamiliar Alex’s work, one could describe it as psychedelic, to put it lightly. It’s easy to see that his art was done by someone under the influence of hallucinogenic substances. While that’s not my thing, it definitely appeals to both Onnit owners, Aubrey Marcus and Joe Rogan. Joe actually had Alex on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience a while back and they dove deep into the topic of drugs and artwork.
As far as the club itself goes, The Quad Mace is crafted with a slip resistant ash wood handle with a hand-sculpted cast iron head, complete with a bronze locking cap on the top. The handle is extra long, designed to provide more leverage, and it’s perfectly balanced to offer a safe workout just as a typical mace would give you. When you’re not exercising with it, stand it up in a corner. Your friends and family will likely think it’s the staff or scepter of a powerful ancient God or King. You can let them believe that if you so wish.
There’s additional information about why the “quad face” was chosen for the design of this mace, so if you’re curious about the origins of the design I suggest you head over to the product page for a more detailed breakdown.
The Onnit Quad Mace is currently available in just one size, weighing 25 lbs. and retailing for just under $150. I can’t say for certain whether Aubrey and co. will release additional Quad Maces in heavier weights, but it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw more sculpted maces hit the Onnit website in the coming months.
Unless you’re a serious workout freak, participate in crossfit, or if you’re training for the UFC, you’ve probably never used a steel mace before. That’s exactly the predicament I was in when I first received my Onnit Steel Mace in the mail. Fortunately the Onnit website did have a list of steel mace exercises and workout routines to do. But, like I mentioned in my review, I didn’t know how to properly perform them!
What I’m going to do in this post is breakdown exactly how to do a variety of steel mace exercises, thanks to some helpful folks on YouTube. First we’ll get started with the Librarian to Barbarian workout which uses only a steel mace. Check out a list of the exercises and videos after the jump:
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Last night I received an email from Onnit about two new products its carrying: Onnit Steel Clubs and Onnit Maces. The steel club is basically what you would expect: something that looks like a baseball bat with a ball at the end, but it’s made of solid steel. As far as the mase goes, I had visions of a spiky ball on a chain that you swing around. That’s not exactly the case.
The steel club is apparently an ancient Persian fitness tool for training and conditioning soldiers and wrestlers. The Onnit Steel Clubs (in 5, 10, and 15 lb. Sizes) are meant to be swung around to exercise the shoulders, core, and enhance grip strength. The clubs are crafted from a solid piece of steel rather than iron and plastic, and they feature a chip-resistant coating, much like the Onnit Kettlebells. They are highly resistant to any rusting or denting, so feel free to use and store them outdoors without worry.
The mace (or Gada, meaning “heavy mace”) is also a fitness tool of Persian descent for warriors and wrestlers. The Onnit Maces are also long steel cylinders, but with a solid ball at the end of each mace. This ball displaces the weight of the club to one end, making it a challenging instrument for our stabilizer muscles, joints and core. The maces also come in three sizes (10, 15, and 20 lb. varieties) and are crafted from a solid piece of steel with a chip-resistant coating.
I’m always looking for new tools and methods to exercise that are a little different from the standard weights and treadmills that you’d find at a gym. I plan on picking up a couple of the Onnit Steel Clubs and one of the Onnit Maces, and I’ll report back soon with reviews for each. Thankfully, the Onnit website has a list of exercises to do with each so there’s no need to look for a DVD of steel club or mace exercises, because I’m pretty sure such a thing doesn’t exist!