Keeping wrists strong and safe

Keeping my wrist straight (with no bend) while riding the stationary spin bike.

Recently in spin class Jenn has been encouraging us to make sure we are keeping our wrists safe.

It feels really weird and I initially resisted the correct alignment.

But the past fews classes I have been working on having my wrists in the proper alignment. It is not comfortable, but I am starting to get slightly used to it.

This site shows correct and incorrect hand, arm and wrist positioning while in a spin class or out on a bike on the road.

My focus is to not have a bend in the wrist, which sounds easier than it actually is.

Even though I am not positioning my wrists correctly throughout the whole class I am aware of what I need to do.

And the little bit more I do each time is strengthening my muscles and will make it like second nature soon.

I have tendonitis in my right wrist from working at Baskin Robbins when I was 15. I know that seems crazy. But the way you repeatedly scoop ice cream is not good for the wrist.

I have pretty thin and tiny wrists and need to be careful with them, whether it is with the position on the spin bike or when in certain yoga poses, especially in side plank.

According to the spinning.com site, this is what you need to think about when your riding a spin bike and your wrists:

  • Check alignment of wrist and hands.
  • Is the wrist excessively flexed for long periods?
  • Are the handlebars too low?
  • Demonstrate neutral alignment of wrist.
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4 Comments

  1. I hurt my wrist in a boxing class last week (I’m sure that sounds crazy, too). It really hurts! I have tendonitis from years of computer use, and apparently it’s made my right wrist very weak. I talked to the boxing instructor about it, and no more punching for me (maybe still some kicking and elbowing!).

    I’ll have to check out your alignment link for spin, too. My elbows are always sore after spin. I imagine that’s from bad alignment!

    • Boo to no more punching. That’s one of the best parts about kickboxing. But glad to hear that you are taking care of yourself.

  2. Yes, you do resist! But see! I am right! It takes time but once you get used to it, it’s like second nature! And really it’s not so bad… SO MUCH better than constantly numb hands… I did not look at the site to see how they recommend having your hands. I just like to say find a way to position your hands so you can have your arms, wrists, and hands in alignment…. Like with all things, it takes time! Soon I can stop traveling the spin room and changing people’s hand positions! 🙂

    • They should all read my post!
      You know I will still resist because that is my nature.
      The correct alignment is doing some weird things to my elbow … so I have to be careful.

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