My wrist is derailing my chest presses.
March 13, 2012 9:31 PM Subscribe
Can you recommend a way to make my wrist not whine at chest presses? Are there any women's fitness gloves that stabilize and support the wrists, without a lot of padding? Or a different solution?
posted by vegartanipla to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not sure what's relevant, so here's my full workout regimen:
I'm a mid-20's woman who works out three times a week for about 75 minutes each time, with about 30 minutes of that being elliptical cardio and the rest weights. I've been doing this at a slowly increasing level for over 10 months now.
Weight-wise, I alternate lower-body days and upper-body days, and always work out my back and abs. So it averages to twice a week that I work out my upper body.
The past three upper-body sessions, I've noticed that since I've upped the pound amount of machine-controlled (not free weight) chest presses I do, my right wrist has started to feel uncomfortable with the pressure. Despite being totally able upper-body-wise to handle the increased weight, which is currently still quite low, anyway. (It's currently at 15 pounds, moved up from 10 pounds, plus the inherent weight of the machine, which is definitely there but I'm not sure what it equates to.) I do about 50 reps per workout day, and I also do several other similar machines (chest incline, etc) at various reps on those workout days.
Apart from this wrist-tweaking business, I have no problem working out normally without wearing gloves, and don't particularly want to start wearing them since I'm afraid they'll just be more of a nuisance... but will if I get good suggestions. I did browse Amazon, but a lot of those gloves look more like they were designed to protect from calluses than to deal with wrist issues. I don't care at all about my small calluses and just want my wrist to stop giving me grief.
Or if there's an alternate solution I'm missing, please let me know. Thanks!