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new2yoga2010-07-05 03:16:24 +0000 #1
I have small forearms and not a lot of upper body strength. I am working on improving my upper body strength through basic dumbell exercises, push-ups, etc. As a result of my small forearms and wrists, poses in yoga such as downward dog and push ups put a lot pressure on my wrists. I have seen gripitz advertised. Does those help or are they just a gimmick? I also have seen the product "the perfect push up" advertised. I realize I couldn't use that while in a yoga class, but does that also put less stress on the wrist. Any info/help is most appreciated!
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 03:19:54 +0000 #2
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I have small forearms and not a lot of upper body strength. I am working on improving my upper body strength through basic dumbell exercises, push-ups, etc. As a result of my small forearms and wrists, poses in yoga such as downward dog and push ups put a lot pressure on my wrists. I have seen gripitz advertised. Does those help or are they just a gimmick?

Gripitz have a purpose. They are used when a student has pain with the wrists at 90º when weight-bearing. I'm generalizing a bit. So let me refine the answer. If the student has wrist pain in poses such as "plank", "downward facing dog" and the like AND modifying the poses does no alleviate the pain, AND such pain occurs when the wrists are in extension THEN gripitz are helpful as they allow the wrists to remain proximal to the anatomical position - not in flexion or extension. They may help you.

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I also have seen the product "the perfect push up" advertised. I realize I couldn't use that while in a yoga class, but does that also put less stress on the wrist. Any info/help is most appreciated!

This question is not really a yoga question. However these handles are much like the Gripitz except that the handles rotate. I would not use such a thing as I would tend to believe that movement while weight-bearing for neophyte students without the proper actions in their bodies may cause damage in the small muscles comprising the rotator cuff.

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