There is a truth in strength. Strength doesn’t come from easy. Strength doesn’t just get handed to us. We have to earn our strength and it’s the process of trying to get stronger that makes us who we are. Learning a new skill will always reveal who we really are. The best part is that it reveals our best selves! I remember my days in the Fire Academy, learning the basics to what is the ART OF FIREFIGHTING. Learning the skills that will help me do my job. One of the main reasons besides wanting to help people was that I wanted a job where I had the opportunity to use my body, to push myself, to test my mettle.
We are movers and we like to move well! Having a mind body connection and feeling our muscles work well leads us back to PRIMAL MOVEMENT!
Whether you are on the fire department or military or police or any first responder or you are a modern day Viking you understand the importance of the tribe, the brotherhood or the sisterhood. You understand the TRUTH IN OUR STRENGTH. This isn’t about having a six pack or being able to deadlift 800 lbs. although if that’s something you want you can definitely have that, This is about being part of a culture of strength. Both physical and mental strength. We can get lost in debate over what true strength is so let us instead consider what weakness is. Not acting when in Fear is weakness. Lack of compassion and empathy is weakness. Getting lost in bad habits that hurt us is weakness. If We find our strength and our cause by finding our purpose then the fear of acting disappears. So do the bad habits. In our struggle to find our purpose we learn humility and compassion. We grow in both body and mind, For some they will grow spiritually as well.
There are many ways to use a mace to develop your fitness. I have enjoyed using them all. I started introducing mace and clubs into my clients training anywhere I could. Warming up with flow, hitting the dumbbells for some solid hypertrophy work and then finishing off with metabolic training doing ballistic movements with a mace at heavy weight. Clients doing 360s after a bench press session turned into a normal and expected thing! The feeling of all that tightness slipping away as they make rhythmic swings.
Your training isn’t fixed in one place either, it’s dynamic. The mace may be a part of your training or it may be ALL of your training it’s entirely up to you!