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Old 09-04-2007, 08:04 AM   #1
Ian Lesch
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macebell from torque

Hello,

Has anyone ever tried one of these or know of a cheaper alternative? Anyone had success creating something similar from a sledgehammer or similar tool?



Thanks.

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Old 09-04-2007, 08:17 AM   #2
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Re: macebell from torque

These were Clubbells last I checked. Not sure if they're cheaper or more expensive though.
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:35 AM   #3
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Re: macebell from torque

Just fix some 2 1/2 lb olmpic plates to a 2'' diameter wooden handle. Simple and cheap.
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:35 AM   #4
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Re: macebell from torque

I would just use a 10lb sledge...
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:37 AM   #5
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Re: macebell from torque

Thanks to all. Gonna try the sledgehammer first and see what happens. Thanks again.
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Old 09-04-2007, 08:08 PM   #6
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Re: macebell from torque

Try making one yourself:

I see cheap bowling balls on craigslist pretty often

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Old 09-05-2007, 06:53 AM   #7
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Re: macebell from torque

Danny - thank you for that link. Much appreciated.
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Old 09-19-2007, 05:15 PM   #8
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Re: macebell from torque

I just saw this post, so sorry for the late reply. I am the developer of the Macebell (note the Macebells in my CrossFit Beach Cities logo...)

My friend Karl Gotch was a very influential man in the world of shoot and pro-wrestling (having influenced countless Japanese submission legends) and turned me onto mace swinging during a visit a few Christmas's ago.

Here is footage of Karl (around 70 years old) swinging his mace:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CreCOrf9ExM (wfs)

Karl discovered the mace workout during one of his many travels and upon returning home, looked up a woodworker to make one like his Hindu and Persian counterparts used during their wrestling conditioning routines. Just so you know I tried to have a woodworker make a traditional indian Gada and he stated it would be $350 bucks!

Check out www.thephysicalbody.com for footage of wrestlers swinging the Gada (i.e., Mace) from India.

I partnered with Torque to help bring my vision to fruition due to their high quality production standards and reputation for helping odd-objectlifters get the workouts that they want (Torque made the Dragondoor KBs and the RMAX Clubbell, as well as gear for Dave Draper).

The force vectors are completely different than a sledgehammer/Clubbell, it's basic physics really (and this is why the Indian wrestlers had different tools for different exercises, e.g., the jori AND the gada). Sledgehammers/Clubbells are much shorter, the Macebell is 53' inches long with either a 5, 10, or 15 kg weight on the end.

The 10 kg Macebell is also very similar to the Scottish Hammer seen in Highland Games.

If you make your own be sure it is solid and won't fall apart with the centrifugal force of swinging it. Also, the urethane coating is a nice safety precaution, you can really cause some damage when you get 10 kg swinging at the end of a long pipe.

I pursued this project for the same reason I have done all the stuff you've seen at www.ScientificWrestling.com, because it was something I wanted to buy myself but it didn't exist yet. I figured if I wanted one, there would be others. Hopefully you are like me and are open to new challenges and pushing yourself beyond your "comfort-zone".

As I mention here (wfs):

"While you certainly can use the Macebell for sledgehammer workouts, you cannot use sledgehammer for Macebell workouts. At 22 lbs and 53 inches long, the 10 kg Macebell creates leverage and centrifugal force vectors unlike anything you've ever felt before."


I wrote an in-depth article called "Strength Training for The Eons" (wfs).

Hope this helps,
Jake
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Old 09-19-2007, 05:56 PM   #9
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Re: macebell from torque

I have not tried the Macebells but I have received great service and products from Torque. I have a pair of their three dumbbells and they have held up well over the last year.
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Old 09-22-2007, 06:49 AM   #10
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Re: macebell from torque

I have their rings, Clubbells, and pull-up system in addition to the 5 and 10 kilo Macebells they manufacture for me. All of them have withstood excessive use (and abuse) very well.
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