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May 28, 2011 8:21 PM
I'm obviously doing it wrong. My wrists hurt pretty bad when I do push ups. Boyfriend bought me some little arch things that you can hold onto. I wonder if doing pushups with the help of those arch things is the same benefit as with just your hands. Any thoughts?

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Edited by sarah44254 On May 28, 2011 8:23 PM
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May 28, 2011 8:25 PM
I've read somewhere that if you have trouble with your wrists during push-ups that you can use a dumbbell so the pressure isn't on your wrist. I would imagine that's the same principal.
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May 28, 2011 8:26 PM
Pushups KILL My wrists too :S
May 28, 2011 8:28 PM
I'm guessing the slight difference of fisted hand or flat hand isn't going to change the push up quality? It doesn't seem like a big difference ...

I wonder why my wrists hurt though.
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May 28, 2011 8:28 PM
I have degenerative joint disease and push-ups are dreadful ... try the risers or the dumbbells. The work you are doing in the push-up is for the the shoulders, back, chest and arms, not the wrists, so the position doesn't really matter. What matters is finding a way to work those muscles without additional pain or injury. :)
Edited by Xaspar On May 28, 2011 8:29 PM
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May 28, 2011 8:29 PM
Push ups, planks, side planks...they all kill my wrists. You are definitely not alone on this one... I try to limit the time I spend on them...if I am doing a work out where I will be putting a lot of pressure on them I try and do sit ups or something that will allow them some rest before I get back on them.
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May 28, 2011 8:30 PM
I sometimes do pushups with dumbbells. The only reason I'm doing it is because Bob Harper does it in his DVD.
May 28, 2011 8:31 PM
You can also tape up your wrists for added support. It will keep your wrists straight. Hope it helps, good luck!
May 28, 2011 8:32 PM
They say pushups with the bars are actually better for you because it is less "tweaky" on the wrist and you can go deeper into the pushup, getting a better range of motion and working the muscles more... They will be harder for you to do, but a better workout!! I love mine And now when I do pushups without them, the seem easy!!
May 28, 2011 8:32 PM
It may be positioning too, make sure your hands are right over your elbows. It makes it harder but it's the 'right way' to do a push up.
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May 28, 2011 8:32 PM
How does the tape work? My wrists need to bend to do a push up, right? I can keep them straight if I use a tool (the arches or a dumbbell) if that is what you mean?
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May 28, 2011 8:33 PM
So what direction do your fingers face during a push up? My fingers go all over, sometimes in, out, wonky which ways :S
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May 28, 2011 8:34 PM
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They say pushups with the bars are actually better for you because it is less "tweaky" on the wrist and you can go deeper into the pushup, getting a better range of motion and working the muscles more... They will be harder for you to do, but a better workout!! I love mine And now when I do pushups without them, the seem easy!!


oh excellent! they are easier for me with the bars simply because it doesn't hurt me. That is awesome to know I'm getting a better range.
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May 28, 2011 8:37 PM
mine too!! anything on the wrists hurts! Planks, pushups, reverse planks, mountain climbers. I just figured it was because I carry most of my weight in my upper body and it just hurts my wrists to hold it up... sometimes I use dumbbells, sometimes I use fists, if they hurt too much during planks, I will do a hover (lower arms on the floor). Hopefully this will improve with the weight loss!
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May 28, 2011 8:38 PM
I use a small blanket under my wirst and it seems to help out alot :)
May 28, 2011 8:39 PM
a blanket, I will try that! for my mountain climbers, they definitely hurt! I never remember to grab the arches because I am usually doing them in an interval setting and going as fast as I can between sets. I will try to have them available, and if not, a blanket!
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