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Strong Wrists for Rowing


Question:

I have a client who is training for rowing. She would like something for her wrists. Other than wrist curls and reverse wrist curls, is there anything else she can do?

Answer:

You may want to think of integrated movements instead of just isolating ones. The wrist curls and reverse wrist curls are isolated exercises. Having your client do chin ups and pull ups with the arms in different positions (forearms supinated, pronated and neutral) will get all of the muscles in the arms, forearms and wrists necessary for strength in a full body movement such as rowing. Lots of free weight or cable exercises using the entire body is a good idea since that is what that sport demands.