Martial arts training, especially in arts like Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, Aikido, and old school Jujutsu, tend to put a lot stress on practitioners’ wrists due to the various types of wrist locks and throws. Over time this can lead to chronic wrist pain, soreness, and even permanent injury.
It’s not only martial artists who suffer from wrist pain though. Many people who are involved in fitness training, strength & conditioning, and athletics, also experience wrist pain and are prone to injury. This is usually caused by an excess of stress put on the back of the wrist from standard push-up (and other) types of exercises. The solution is train the wrists in the functional opposite movement of the typical palm down style push-up. This will work to compensate for the stress placed on the wrists and strengthen the muscles and tendons on both sides of the wrist to prevent imbalance.
Check the video below for my tutorial on creating Wrists of Steel!
Additionally, for all the martial arts practicioners out there, if you’d like to learn additional wrist strengthening exercises (and lots more!!) for increasing punching power, check out my Warrior Fitness Guide to Striking Power!