When it comes to mobility, the hip and shoulders tend to steal the show but it's important not to forget the smaller joints like ankles and wrists.
In this post we're going to be talking about wrists and if you're like me, you know right away when the wrists start acting up.
Positions get difficult to hold, simple exercise get challenging to do, and barbell workouts become impossible without extra wraps or scaling.
Wrist mobility and sufficient range of motion in the wrist is important for so many things like getting into a front rack position, being able to hold a pain free overhead position, and for supporting your bodyweight in a pushup position.
And failing to address wrist health can lead to painful positions, compensations, and re-occuring injuries.
To help you stay on top of wrist health and keep crushing workouts we wanted to share a few of our favorite drills to improve range of motion, speed up recovery, and stay injury free.
Dynamic Wrist Stretch
Start on all fours with your hands turned out and fingers facing you. Shoulders should be aligned with the wrists or in front of the wrist. Gently rock back until you feel a stretch through your forearm and wrists.
Hold this position for about 10 seconds and then return back to a neutral/start position. Hang out in the neutral start position for 3-5 seconds and then repeat for reps or 1-2 minutes.
*Above: Start Position.
*Above: Rocked Back Position
Note: Coach Mesha has a very common range of motion issue that doesn't allow her to rock back very far and start from a shoulders in front of wrist position. This is a great place for her to start and slowly build a bigger range of motion.
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