Weak pinky?

  • AfterForever

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    Feb 10, 2011 3:48 AM GMT
    Hi Guys,

    I'm doing P90X and using the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells. It's going well, but when doing strength training with the weights I'm feeling a strain in my hands. Not exactly the pinky, but between the pinky finger and wrist. So the edge of each hand.

    This is causing me to reach me my "breaking point" sooner than i would because the strain in my hand is worse than the strain in whatever muscle I'm working. Is this normal? Is there anything i should be doing to prevent this? Any tips?

    Thanks!
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    Feb 10, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    It's unlikely, but it's the first thing to come to mind.

    Have you had a prior neck injury?
  • AfterForever

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    Feb 10, 2011 5:03 AM GMT
    Nope! I'm otherwise healthy as far as I know.
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    Feb 10, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    Forearms can be a handicap in a lot of exercises (Lat dorsi, free weight calf raises, etc).. especially the outer edges. It might sound weird to try to do some strength based, heavy weight exercises utilizing only the last couple of fingers of your hand.. but it might help.
  • AfterForever

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    Feb 10, 2011 6:13 AM GMT
    What about hand exercisers? Is that something that could be helpful?
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    Feb 10, 2011 8:19 AM GMT
    those stupid grip squeezers that they prescribe to arthritic individuals, you can flip them around to change which fingers you are working. Other options are rubber balls of different resistance that you basically try to squish the hell out of, you can change up the muscles in your hand you are working a bit better with these, you just change how you are changing the way you apply pressure. I think they were called worry or stress balls.... but its the same basic idea. One surprising place to ask might be your local music store, if they serve any string players they may have some idle hand strengtheners, the hands on double bass players are horrendously strong... It takes a lot to push those damn strings down and to do that for extended times. while i don't think you want to take up an instrument to deal with this, they may have some items that help those guys maintain their hands.
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    Feb 10, 2011 8:33 AM GMT


    Sorry I can't contribute anything other than laughing at the grown men saying "pinky"

    although we call it the "baby finger" so maybe not much better.