The History, Usage and Benefits of Steel Mace Training

October 9, 2023 by VAHVA Fitness

Utilizing the steel mace has caused an enormous growth spurt in my body. Here is everything you need to know about the steel mace!

Utilizing long-lever tools and weapons has always been an integral part of human prehistory.

It’s also known that mace, in one form or another, has been used for thousands of years for formal training. It was popular among athletes such as wrestlers and favored by soldiers who used similar equipment for combat.

It’s no wonder because this type of training hits some of the key functional areas of the body in an unreplicable way.

With the mace my forearms blew up and became much stronger in a short period of time. We also have multiple people reporting similar effects since we released the Iron King Method which contains training with maces, clubs and other functional tools.

Although the lower arm development is emphasized, the whole body is involved. Swinging the mace teaches very instinctive and dynamic full body stability. Every move engages your core musculature 360 degrees and your hips and feet are the foundation for everything.

It’s a highly multifaceted tool which carries over to different sports.

However, I recommend mace training for everyone, not just for athletes. Anyone who wants to take care of their body and strength with functional tools should try this at some point.

Steel Maces are easy to order online nowadays. You can pick 4-6 kg (8-12 lbs) to start. If you are looking for a complete method with workouts, lessons, tutorials and everything else, look no further than 
Iron King Method.


Our Bodies Developed to Use and By Using Different Tools & Weapons

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If you look at the history of human beings, cavemen over 100,000 years ago were already using different wooden tools and weapons to improve their survival in the wilderness. 


One of the definitions of being a primate is literally having functional and flexible hands.


With the birth of agriculture in 12,000 BC and with the development of houses, using tools became an essential part of being a human.


Not only this, far before this era people realized that hunting and killing other tribes became much easier with clubs and pointy sticks.


In the medieval times when people were still wielding swords, spear, maces and halberds in war and combat, many different forms of training were also developed.

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Medieval knights used to train with weighted swords to developed their arms, shoulders and hands. Ancient Spartan used to carry logs and climb rope. In the ancient Shaolin temple, tons of training was done with sandbags, ropes and weighted vases.


Just utilizing different tools and different weapons developed the hands and bodies to a high level. You can only imagine how strong grip and hands a medieval knight of Europe, Roman legionnaire or a Samurai of Feudal Japan used to have.


Using clubs and maces as training tools probably have the longest history in ancient Persia and India. Over 2000 years ago, every household in some parts of India used to have an Indian Club for training purposes.


The biggest training tool was called "The Gada", this was a mace that weighed anywhere from 4 kg (8 pounds) to 50 kg (100 lbs) and more. Gada was the main weapon of the Hindu god Hanuman. 


Great Gama, one of the greatest wrestlers from India in the 1900s mainly trained with his bodyweight and clubs/maces to prepare his body for the wrestling bouts. 

Today, Indian pehlwani wrestlers mainly do Hindu push ups, Hindu squats, animal movements, rope climbing and training with clubs & maces. An amazing combination for building a strong pliable body.


Wrestling in general is one of the best ways to strengthen the body and it's in fact one of the oldest sports in the world.


We have even acquired ancient workout routines from the time of Marcus Aurelius and these routines have many partner wrestling techniques for the sole purpose of health & strength.

The training that we do in Iron King Method is as ancient as it gets. Our bodies, brains and nervous systems developed alongside with utilizing different tools.

The hands and forearms in particular have so many muscles most people have never heard of. In reality, your forearms, if properly developed, should have bulging muscles on all sides.

Yet, nowadays people mainly have good brachioradialis development (forearm muscle on top of your arm) and nonexistent development everywhere else.

This is because rows and overhand pull ups develop the brachioradialis muscle without even trying to specifically focus on it. People don't really know how to develop the rest of the muscles.

Among general population, grip strength is bad and it's getting worse every year. People have weak hands which affects their general health and their maximal performance. According to many studies, your grip strength is tied to your health & longevity.

People rely on straps and wrist supports because they can’t hold onto the weight otherwise. You should never rely on anything except your own strength.

If you want real hand, forearm and arm development, see
Iron King Method. You will feel sensations in your hands and forearms you have never felt before.

We've experienced major growth spurts with this method despite having trained for 10 years prior. It revolutionized our training even further.

The rest of the body will get developed as well and in the most functional way possible.

Combining this type of training with 20XX programs is the ultimate. You will have absolute strength with the most limber and pliable physique.


Stay strong.



samuli jyrkinen

About the author 

Samuli Jyrkinen

Samuli is the ninja behind the scenes (photography, videography, websites, program platforms and more). He has been training religiously for over a decade and has a firm grasp of physical and mental fitness. You will find our story here.

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