The steel mace (or lever bell) and ViPR are great tools to use with your clients. Each has their own properties that can be utilized to create a training stimulus, and keep your client engaged.
In this loaded movement version of the grave digger, the steel mace starts off the hip and the feet are offset. The client starts off in a hip hinge so that when they step through, they can focus on the spine staying neutral. With the steel mace, one of the advantages is that shortening the hand grip will increase the difficulty. This is easy and your client will quickly see and feel the difference in lever length and difficulty. The modification for this exercise would be a stationary version where the client is just hip hinging while raising overhead. The loaded movement version could easily be combined with a lunge to challenge your client.
With the ViPR, have your client hold the base with one hand and the opposite hand is in the second handle slot below the handle. With the ViPR we are focusing on the same cues from the steel mace. The ViPR starts off the hip while in a hip hinge position. When the client steps through from the split stance, they raise their arms overhead.Throughout the movement we are cueing and watching for long spine, initiating with the hips and long arms.
We want to start our clients with a stationary version that gets them comfortable with the implement and movement. Both of these implements are great to use with your clients and progressing them depends on their experience and health history. With all modalities or exercises, finding the right load and intensity will depend on the goal and the client.
For more information about the online KIPS Steel Mace Course.
Fore more information about the online KIPS Loaded Flow Course.