Apart from wrist wraps try and use the fattest bar available in your training center. This disperses the force on your wrist. You can press more on a thinner bar but unless you are training specifically for maxes as in you actually compete in PLing you wont have to worry about it.
Also, investing in wraps for heavier sets and some good grippers from ironmind.com will help prepare your hands for battling the iron and your enemies (or just your wife/gf). I find having a good grip keeps her at bay long enough for me to find some kind of blunt object to beat her back into the trunk.
I’ll keep that in mind?
Okay, so as I mentioned above, my day job is play guitar. Teaching, performing, in school of a masters of music in guitar performance. I’ll have to experiment with direct forearm work. If it gives me DOMS or influences practicing/performing negatively, I’ll have to drop it. I was thinking someone intense, but not necessarily a gripper exercise. Like heavy DB holds for time. Thoughts?
Thanks for the advice guys.
just don’t drop it too quick, even if it does give you DOMS it will only be for a short period of time then your body will adjust.
Right. I don’t have huge commitments playingwise now, so I’ll start putting some direct work in and see how I fair. With any luck, I’ll be adjusted to the work load by the time school starts, and I can continue direct forearm work.
I’ve always been curious what would happen if a guitarist (who uses pretty exclusively wrist/finger flexors) did a lot of forearm extensor work. Would it help with playing? The extensors contribute to returning to the string. Stronger extensors=quicker return=faster, more efficient playing and movements? We’ll see.[/quote]
Good pathology. that’s exactly what will happen. As it stands the pain is likely from huge muscle imbalance and immobile joints from playing the guitar so much. It is also likely the harbinger of repetitive strain injury. So direct forearm and finger work should be your number one priority. Ironmind.com has the best selection of strengthening and recovery tools on earth. The grippers shouldn’t be avoided as they will be a primary tool in improving speed and motor unit recruitment in your hands aka the moneymakers.
One of my guys is a professional guitar player and noticed that his abilities improved, or rather became easier to execute, as his hands got stronger. Good extensor work such as elastic bands and using the rice bucket will really keep those hands in good shape. a $5 bucket of rice goes a long way to making strong hands.