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Rich Thurman MA, CSCS CPT, ONNIT KB Specialist
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Rich Thurman MA, CSCS CPT, ONNIT KB Specialist

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Rich is Founder of Xodus Fitness in San Francisco California, which provides Personal Training, Yoga and Wellness Programs locally.

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I first picked up a Steel Mace about 2 years ago. At that time I had seen a few exercises done with it, including the Mace 360 exercise and Sledgehammer type work done with Tires.

I liked the idea of a Steel Mace for Sledgehammer work because it was one piece and not two pieces like most hammers. I also liked the fact that the Mace could be bought in different weights that exceed that of a Sledgehammer purchased at Home Depot.

The 360 just looked really cool.

Steel Mace Training San FranciscoAnyway, I didn’t see much more use for this tool and had a very limited perspective as to what one could achieve using it.

Before anything, it’s important to work on the fundamentals and foundations so for the 360, I began to watch videos by Mr. Maceman (Rik Brown) and I followed Paul Taras Wolkowinski “Indian Clubs” on Facebook and Youtube for  better understanding.

I practiced incessantly trying to get better and oddly enough, Rick Brown reached out to me on Instagram one day and asked me had I been taught by anyone. I told him I hadn’t and I took it as a sign that I needed some hands on instruction.

What I loved about him is that he didn’t criticize my form, nor did he push me to attend one of his workshops (although I still really intend on trying to get to one soon). He has, however given me positive feedback and encouragement, which I have used as fuel for my fire to improve.

Looking back at that initial video where Rik asked me if anyone had taught me, I can now see how terrible my movement was and how far I’ve come. At the time, I thought I was the shit (even though I kept looking at other guys swinging the Mace, thinking something is kinda off with mine).

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Although I haven’t had a chance to link up with Rik, I have had the opportunity to get some hands on instruction at ONNIT Academy with Erik “Esik” Melland.

Erik has developed an extraordinary Mace Training program that exponentially broadens the concept and idea of what training with the Mace can be.

The concepts and techniques have turned this tool into what I now believe to be my most versatile piece of equipment.

I spent two very challenging days with Erik at ONNIT Academy learning movements that I firmly believe exemplify ONNIT’s core message of “Total Human Optimization”.

Steel Mace TrainingOur bodies were meant to move in multiple directions, in multiple planes of motion and our strength should be as close to equal as possible.

Our bodies were meant to move in multiple directions, in multiple planes of motion and our strength should be as close to equal as possible. The nature of the Mace being offset in weight provides the necessary instability across the core, that roots out instability and weaknesses. I tell my clients, “if you’ve got weakness on one side, the Mace will find it.”

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So these days I utilize my Maces 5 to 6 days per week and all the other tools like Barbells, Kettlebells, Ropes, Sandbags and Suspension Trainers have been complimentary. The changes in my strength, physique and posture have been clear. My stability and mental focus have markedly improved.

I highly recommend incorporating foundations of Steel Mace Training into your life. With a strong foundation you can progress to the “cool stuff”.

Jumping to the cool stuff first without some level of hands on instruction will not only make you look foolish to the trained eye on social media, but can set you up for potential injury. The Mace can be as dangerous as it is useful and fun to use.

So go find a coach and enjoy Unconventional Training with the Steel Mace!

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Rich Thurman MA, CSCS CPT, ONNIT KB Specialist Rich is Founder of Xodus Fitness in San Francisco California, which provides Personal Training, Yoga and Wellness Programs locally. Connect with Rich via Social Media or find out more at www.coachrichthurman.com