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Upper Body Strength Worthless

You see, this young man went to the gym every day and he used various machines and you’d think that would keep his hands and wrists in top form and give him some strength to boot. But that is not what was happening at all – instead he was babying his hands and wrists and avoiding the pain. Well, you know what they say; “no pain, no gain” or maybe for some of us, a little pain and some gain? I wondered to myself “what good is strong upper body and the ability to have big muscles if you can’t use them? If you have a lot of muscles but can’t open a pickle jar, you are bound to look silly. Yes, embarrassing, but it’s more than that actually.

Indeed, all that strength is liable to have you damaging your hands as you attempt to do something using your solid upper body strength and misjudge your ability to hold the weight or balance whatever it is you are moving, picking up, pushing, or pulling. Do you see that point? This same individual said he could only do a few pull-ups because he often lost his grip, and said the pain was too much. I thought to myself; “what is he doing wrong” and wondered if he wasn’t doing things in a proper ergonomic fashion. Perhaps it was just simple corrections that he needed to do, or maybe he needed to stop lifting all those weights and start doing more hand and wrist exercises.

The more I thought about this the more I realized that my hand and wrist strength comes from “washing and detailing cars” just like the Karate Kid Movie; “Wax on, Wax off!” Seriously, maybe he needs more reps and lower weights until he gets his wrists and hands where they need to be. Please consider all this and think on it.