Top Techniques For Building Wrist Strength

Keeping your wrists strong and flexible will go a long way toward helping you get the most out of your workouts

However, if you try to push through pain with your regular routine, your efforts may backfire. “Tendinitis, which is an inflammatory condition, can turn into tendinosis, which involves degenerative changes of the tendon,” says Chow. By ignoring the symptoms and trying to work through the pain, an acute injury can turn into a chronic condition, she adds.

To help maintain a healthy and strong wrist, or if you’re recovering from an injury to the area, try to use machines over dumbbells or barbells in the weight room.

“You need a tighter grip to hold free weights, which can lead to more problems,” says Carlson. Proper form is also key to avoiding unnecessary pressure on the tendons and ligaments of the wrist. Preventive stretches can also help. (See “2 Stretches to Try,” below.) “Stretches will help give you more mobility and strength for weight- bearing activities,” says Chow. And having strong, flexible wrists will help keep your whole body feeling its best.


Wrist Flexors Stretch

Keeping elbow straight, bring right arm in front of the body with the palm up. Gently press your fingers then your palm against the wall; you should feel the stretch at the front of the wrist/forearm. Hold for 20 seconds; switch sides and repeat.

Wrist Extensors Stretch

Keeping the elbow straight, bring right arm in front of the body, palm facing the floor. Use left hand to gently bend the right wrist downward, feeling a stretch at the back of the right forearm/wrist. Hold for 20 seconds; switch sides.

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