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You may have heard more than one old timer say that "conditioning is your best hold". In our world of strength and conditioning for combat sports, the concept of survival of the fittest is just as crucial. Certain methods and ideas have survived from one generation to the next for a reason: BECAUSE THEY WORK. Having passed not just the test of time, but the test of competition too, old school training methods are here to stay and for precisely the same reason.

The Macebell is the brainchild of Jake Shannon, the founder of Scientific Wrestling, and was exclusively manufactured and designed for him by Odis Meredith (due to Odis' proven ability to unite the best in "Old School" strength training with advances in new engineering technology).

Mace work has been implemented by elite combat athletes in Persia and India for centuries and we've worked hard to bring the Mace back to the modern iron game. If you love Kettlebell or Indian Club swinging work, you are going absolutely love the Macebell. The Macebell will push you like you've never been pushed before. Fry your grip, shoulder girdle, balance, and core all in one workout by swinging the Macebell.

Onnit's supreme quality Steel Mace is one of the most effective ways to train and condition your whole body while mimicking real world movement. It's also one of the most affordable, complete workout implements you can get!
10lb Mace - $39.95
15lb Mace - $57.95
20lb Mace - $75.95

While you certainly can use the Macebell for sledgehammer workouts, you cannot use sledgehammer for Macebell workouts. The Macebell creates leverage and centrifugal force vectors unlike anything you've ever felt before.


Macebell Exercises at My Mad Methods



This one is surprisingly easy to make and total cost outside of the bowling ball is about $20.  I recommend trying to pick up an old used ball at a thrift store, craig's list, bowling alley or neighbor's closet.  The bowling alley's that I spoke with mentioned that they throw them away as soon as they get chipped, which are perfect for us!


  • bowling ball

  • 1" x 36" threaded black nipple pipe

  • 1" pipe cap

  • epoxy

  • Plasti Dip


  • Using a 1 1/4" forstner bit, drill out the thumb hole of the bowling ball about 2" deep
    I started to use a standard speed bit (flat ones for that first ball) which really jumps around too much and chips the ball.

  • Apply the epoxy to the one threaded side of the pipe, as well as the inside of the thumb hole.

  • Using a pipe wrench or vice grip, crank the pipe into the drilled out hole as far as you can.


  • tighten the end cap on the other end of the pipe.

  • Optional:  Apply "Plasti Dip" to the end cap handle side of the pipe.





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