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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,496)
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1/18/13 9:38 P

In my purely anecdotal experience, regular weight training has improved my carpal tunnel symptoms by strengthening those muscles, and getting me out of the repetitive movements that cause it. ;)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/18/2013 (21:38)
GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/18/13 1:11 P

I totally meant dumbells, not barbells. Good call, DIDS70. Thanks, you two! I have been leaning more towards kettlebells, because I occasionally get hand weakness from dealing with Carpel Tunnel issues-or however that's spelled.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (105,546)
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1/18/13 1:06 P

barbells can totally be lifted with one arm.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCKuLT9wqP8

The unique shape of the kettlebell allows more comfort in doing ballistic movements (swings, cleans, snatches) all of which can be done with other types of weights but swings feel best when done with a KB.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,100
1/18/13 1:02 P

kettlebells can be lifted with one hand arm. A barbell cannot. Are you also speaking about dumbells? I use my dumbbell or handweight interchangeably with my kettlebell. There are some exercises i can't do effectively, but I do use both.

a barbell needs to be lifted with both hands/arms and is mainly used in weightlifting competitions or at the gym.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/18/13 12:33 P

I am looking to get some weights for strengthening and toning and before I invest in them, I want to weigh pros and cons of both.

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