Wrist Mobility Exercises With Clubbells
by Don Giafardino
Let’s tackle one of today’s scourges that has been brought upon by technology – wrist pain. Typing at a keyboard, texting, scrolling, and playing games is taking a toll on modern day people and for good reason – we simply don’t move and stretch enough. By doing wrist mobility exercises, we can help prevent and lessen pain.
Most mammals share a lot of the same DNA. Humans share almost 80% of the same DNA as dogs, and what do dogs have to do with human health? If one were to watch an active or heavily muscled canine throughout the day, they’d be surprised at how many times that dog stretched, yawned, and did doggy yoga. Yet, for reasons of being a ‘higher’ animal, the modern human has all but banished this stretching in our culture, unless of course, it is done in a class or the privacy of our own homes. Get back to being a human animal folks! Stretch anywhere as a part of your unconventional fitness routine.
Wrist mobility exercises are easy enough, even though the wrist is a complex joint. The wrist articulates the hand/fingers and must be able to move freely throughout its complete range of motion, otherwise it can cause issues not only in itself but to the elbow, shoulder, and fingers. Poor wrist range of motion places undue stress on these joints when doing a task – ever try to rack a barbell during an Olympic clean and jerk with poor wrist mobility?
Begin by following the wrist mobility exercises in the short but informative video using clubbells:
Wrist mobility exercises only need to be done every other day and for 3-5 reps in 2-4 sets. Work the full range of motion as best as you can, striving for better and more fluid, slowly performed rotations. Use a very light weight, i.e; 1-5 lbs as these are motion-oriented not weight-oriented. Perform them slowly and deliberately, trying to increase the range in which your wrist moves. Practice these unconventional fitness strategies and reap the rewards of being able to move properly.
Donnie Giafardino is an avid fitness enthusiast, who after years of living with pain due to a shoulder injury, developed the Adex Adjustable Exercise Club, the first of its kind. Donnie is ISSA S&C certified and has had many job experiences, which include crane operator, cell phone tower climber, restauranteur, fitness storeowner, and magazine columnist.