It’s Muscle Monday again and I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start (not to mention, I hope everyone’s weekend was just as good). Last week was all about Grill Memoirs, so this week it’s about time to kick things back in gear and get you adding another Workout Edge to your arsenal.
Let’s get started.
Workout Edge: Protect Your Most Important Transfer Point of Power – Do This.
When it comes to just existing on a day to day basis, there’s quite a few parts of our bodies we take for granted.
I’m pretty damn lazy myself, but more along the lines of I’d rather let the dishwasher run at night while I’m sleeping…then wake up in the morning and get the dishes out nice and effortlessly.
Any other time however, when it comes to my limbs, I’m very appreciative of and use them every chance I get.
Shoulders, hips, wrists, knees, neck, fingers, toes, T-spine and ankles, they all serve me without question and reliably – so in return, I like to make sure they get taken care of too.
The joints out there that take probably take the biggest workload on (aside from the joints that keep us standing, obviously) are wrists – anyone’s wrists for that matter. We use them so much in everyday life, the only real time people notice they’re pretty damn important is when there’s something wrong with them. This is especially true in working out.
Pushups, pullups, barbell curls, dumbbell curls, plate raises, squats, deadlifts, boxing – and for everyday life, pinching, grabbing, twisting, gripping, pushing, pulling…the list goes on and on…and on.
If your intensity is high, sets and reps are respectable, and your breaks are short, your wrists will take on the biggest task of all – being the transfer point of power between the time you pick up the weight and the time you contract the muscle you’re looking to grow. That’s a tall order.
I used to like working out completely “raw” with no support whatsoever – until my wrists started acting up. Remedying the situation faster than you can say “oh shit” I went out and bought some wrist wraps.
For the beginners out there, these are not to be confused with lifting straps. I still 100% believe in lifting raw when it comes to gripping the weight – if your grip is too weak to hold a bar (unless it is explicity a very, very heavy lift that can easily rip your palm skin), then you shouldn’t be lifting that weight until you’ve worked on strengthening your grip.
Wrist wraps, are for keeping your wrists stable throughout different movements, in turn minimizing risk of injury. They prevent overexhaustion in the wrist area (if anyone’s ever had ulnar nerve pain, they’ll know exactly what I’m talking about).
This is especially true when it comes to high volume work – and if you’re military, you know all about high volume.
Initially, I like to warm up without the wrist wraps – just a couple lightweight sets and wrist exercises – then get them on and let the real workout begin.
Wrist injuries are no joke (I’ve had them before) so it makes sense to buy yourself a little insurance by investing in a pair of your own. It’s not rocket science bud.
What is dumb is wearing your goddamn lifting belt around the gym from start to finish rather than just waiting until the exercise that needs it (I had to get that out of my system – we’re good now)…
Strip away the inessential, and you’ll learn how to do more…with less.
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