One of the best ways to build muscle and bone strength on the mat is weight bearing exercises, specifically to build wrist strength.
The trouble is, wrists.
Wrists commonly complain when they are called upon to support the body in positions like: hands and knees, plank, push up or downward dog.
We can’t blame them. That’s a lot of performance pressure to put on the wrists. The great news is your wrists don’t have to suffer and you can start mastering more advanced mat exercises.
Do these 4 stretches/movement exercises regularly and build up the strength and mobility your wrists need. You can also do these stretches after weight bearing exercises to help your wrists recover.
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Turn your palm up. Use your other hand to grab your fingers and pull back. You should feel a stretch through your whole forearm.
Have the palms facing you and interlace your fingers as shown in the image below. Then Spiral the hands into a wrist stretch.
Reach your right arm out in front of you and turn your palm so it’s facing out to your right with the thumb pointing down. Interlace your left fingers between the right fingers. Keep your right thumb pointing down and make circles with the hands. Repeat on Other side.
Reach your right arm out in front of you and turn your palm so it’s facing out in front of you and thumb pointing down. Use your left hand to pull back on the pinky side of your right palm. Repeat on the other side.
Clasp your hands together and make circles with the wrists. Be sure to go in the other direction too.
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