Whenever someone comes to me complaining about exercise, I tell them they need to find their joy. If someone cannot name a single form of movement that gives them joy, I would suggest they haven't spent enough time investigating. It's out there. You just have to search for it.
Those people who discover their love for running, cycling, or golfing will find that the enthusiasm for the sport is what keeps them fit. When we stop looking at exercise as a chore, we are far more inclined to engage in it. Going further, wanting to be good at that sport inspires you to engage in the sort of exercise that will enhance your experience. Time spent on injury prevention, mobility work, increasing power. All of these will contribute to performance as much as to your overall physical health. Win, win!
Enter the Steel Mace. My newest joy. I practiced yoga diligently for years. Decades, in fact. It wasn't until 2009 that I started barbell weight lifting. I fell in love with the way that the alignment of the lifts could be adjusted just so to deliver an entirely different result. Despite this, there were always plenty of 'leaks' in my strength. Small, compensatory shifts that come from a lifetime of asymmetrical movement patterns. Working with tools like the Steel Mace have helped me tremendously in identifying those weaknesses and working diligently to overcome them.
Plus, how cool does it feel to move a mace around like some sort of Viking ninja warrior? Amiright? This, my friends, is my joy. The coordination required to move dynamically through varying postures with added load has married my two passions -- yoga and strength training -- so exquisitely. Expect to see me grabbing those maces out of the corner before and after class. Like. Every class!
While I have played a bit with a mace in my Foundations training at Onnit Academy, I am yet to complete the Specialist Mace Certification. Enter Ryan LeBreux of L.I.F.T. Academy in Bloomingdale. This Expert Trainer came out to offer a special 2-hour workshop to our crew on the basic landmarks and switches involved in mace work, while introducing some dynamic flows to continue working on at home.
Missed it? We have another workshop on the calendar for April 22. Join us!
Meantime, buy some maces! Because these are such compact and versatile tools, they are an affordable and worthwhile addition to any home gym. Personally, I think the Onnit Steel Mace offers the highest quality construction and precision crafting available. Not sure what weight to start out with? I recommend investing in the 7lb and/or 10lb mace. You may eventually want to go up a weight, but these are weights you will never "outgrow" given the sheer number of exercises you can scale, moving to further offset positions to single-hand variations. The possibilities are endless. So if you are remotely interested in training like a warrior, get Onnit!
Once I have completed my Specialist Mace Training, I will be adding a Steel Mace class to the regular schedule. In the meantime, you will find some basic mace exercises in HIT and FIT Training sessions through the month of April. Come on out and see what a joy mace training is!
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