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5/14/11 6:57 A

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I think I have the same problem. I was doing the 100 push up challenge but had to stop beecause of the wrist pain. I was doing push ups on my knuckles which was helping a little but then the problem got so bad I had to quit all push ups all together. Bench presses bother me too. I find the posts on this topic very helpful. Here I was worrying about arthritis.

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5/11/11 7:50 P

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I've been using dumbbells as stands for push up when ever possible, for the past year or so. But as I mentioned previously I can't do that if I am at an incline, or moving around (like T pushups). I also try to do that for tall plank as well, since the position is similar. It does help. Actually, last year my DH made me some wooden stands for doing pushups. They are really cute and purple. When I am working out at home I use them. I took them to work once when a class i was in had us doing crab walks. I made a great thunking noise as I crabbed about :)

I mostly feel it now doing step ups or lunges with heavy weights. When i start my workout I am fine, but after a few reps I feel like I need to put the weight down to give my arm a break.

I did find some hooks for $9, don't know if that is what i want. I do seem to have two problems, my wrist being one, and my grip being the other. I think the fist might be causing the second though.

Hmm.

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5/10/11 9:45 P

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I have to agree with Laura that you if you have carpal tunnel you could be worsening it by doing push-ups with your hands flat on the ground. It would hyperextend the wrist and make it worse.

As for hooks and wrist straps, I HATE hooks! I have some and never use them- they are just too clumsy and cumbersome to be practical in the gym, and they seem to actually pull worse on my wrists and cause pain. I like the regular, cheap straps. I think you can get them for just a few dollars in any sporting store.

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5/10/11 7:53 P

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What makes me think that you are damaging your ligaments is that you said you had pain while doing push-ups... the hooks will be great for carrying weights, but for pushups you should try using some stands, lest you further damage your wrists.

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I like the Schiek lifting straps with dowel pins
www.schiek.com/1000dls.html
although I've never used lifting hooks, so I can't compare the two.

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5/10/11 6:37 P

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Hey all. Thanks! Those grips sound great, please send me the info if you'd be so kind. I really hope it isn't carpel tunnel, hoping to avoid that by not working them out too hard.

I'll do some googling on wrist/arm exercises see if that helps.
I'm glad I'm not the only one, but sorry that you have to feel it too. So much for arms keeping up as I increase.

Loren

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Ran my first Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

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5/10/11 5:54 P

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i had a problem with my wimpy hands when trying to go up in increments on my dumbbells. I eventually got a weighted vest (0-40 lbs in 2 lb increments) that I can use to add weight (for squats at least) and my husband to wear while walking (in preparation for walking/hiking with his gear during hunting season).

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5/10/11 5:29 P

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I had this issue, too (as well as a weak grip for lifting weights heavy enough for the working muscle) and started using good old fashioned wrist straps. Problem solved!

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5/10/11 5:24 P

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I am recovering from a broken wrist but even before that I always used straps for heavy lifts. That pain does sound like carpal tunnel. My sweetie has that problem he definitely doesn't have weak wrists. He uses the straps with the hooks. They make a huge difference in the amount of weight you can move.

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5/10/11 5:09 P

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There are exercises to strengthen your wrist and forearms like dumbell wrist curls. I wonder though, if your wrists hurt because you are possibly developing carpal tunnel syndrome, ligament damage or???...
have you tried using or push ups stands to do push-ups? You may have to work up to doing full pushups on the stands. The stands make the pushups a little bit harder because of a fuller range of motion.

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5/10/11 5:05 P

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Do you do any isolation exercises for your wrists and forearms? I've been doing wrist curls (under and over) with fairly heavy weights for a very long time so I'm thinking it's why I don't have the problems you have after doing step ups, walking lunges, yada yada using very heavy weight. I'm up to a 25lbs pair of dbs while doing those exercises (step ups, etc.). When I do pushups I use flat hands because using dbs puts too much pressure on my wrists. Or maybe the weights your carrying are too heavy??? My friend wanted me to throw that last part in.

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5/10/11 4:58 P

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As my trainer told me, you are not working out to compete in a wrist strength contest... purchase some damn hooks for lifting! Best advice I ever got. Can send you the info on the ones I bought! LOVE THEM... (and the discount code!)... anyway, the strap around my wrist and have hooks that hang down in my palms... the barbells and dumbbells sit inside the hooks and assist in the holding of the weights giving my hands and my wrists a HUGE break... therefore I am now concentrating on lifting the weights with my legs are whatever instead of focusing and about crying to not drop the weights becuase of my grip or wrists... I lunge with 45's and 50's... could NOT do it, without them...Even one of the guys in the gym doing the same routine, with man weights, has hooks.

They are also great for other exercises which are listed on the hooks when you receive them. They are adjustable for your wrist and hand length and also come with straps.

Let me know.


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5/10/11 4:51 P

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So I do a lot of weight training that involves my wrists (push up, step ups with heavy weights, lunges with heavy weight, almost everything actually) I also like to lift heavy. Well this is really starting to cause a problem. I've been lifting weights about 2x/week for about a year and a half but really started to lift heavy back in December, so I'm not a noobie. My problem is my wrists are becoming my limiting factor. When I was doing walking lunges with 30 pounds in each hand I had to stop to give my left wrist a break. I do try to stretch them out, and I try to keep them ergonomically happy when I work on the computer. Now after a work out my muscle feel happy and my wrists and forearms hurt, ugh!

So am I the only one with this problem? What can I do to fix the problem (other streches, I already try to put a dumbbell on the floor when doing push ups, but if I have elevation this doesn't work)?

Advice! Sympathy! Witty Comments!
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Ran my first Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
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