question for other professional personal trainers here.

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    Apr 10, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    greetings kinsmen,

    i have a question for any other professional personal trainers on here. i have a client who has rheumatoid arthritis in his fingers, which prevents him from effectively gripping any weight that puts any amount of pressure on these joints.

    this makes pulling exercises quite problematic to deal with, and challenges my ability to strengthen these muscle groups. if any of you have had clients like this, i would like to ask you how you compensated for this limitation. he is also quite strong, and is also becoming frustrated at the limitations his fingers establish. i am starting to become quite flustered in my limited ability to help him.

    or if you have rheumatoid arthritis yourself, i would like to hear how you have compensated for it during exercise.

    thank you in advance for your time.

    be well.


  • Profire

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    Apr 11, 2011 12:08 AM GMT
    I am not a personal trainer, but I am pretty ingenious when it comes to working out.

    There are wrist straps that have large hooks that allow someone with a weak grip or RA to be able to do pull-type exercises.


    Additionally, if that doesn't work, you could use lifting straps and have carabiners sewn into the lifting strap and then use machines so that he could clip the carabiners into the receiving end of the cable.

    Good luck
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Apr 11, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    This woman is amazing, and she has warmups and stretches that are indispensable for someone with RA, particularly affecting their grip.

    Also, you should have a very warm, almost hot, damp towel to wrap your clients hands in between sets. Keep them moist and warm all through the workout. He, in turn, should be doing paraffin baths immediately afterwards.

    Check Julie's blog, and search her forums. EVERY trainer should read and practice her approach to stretching and massage. It's smarter than anyone I've come across, and she's sensible and well educated and logical, not a bunch of hoo doo. Very solid kinesthetic and physiological grounding in her approach. It's well worth investigating.
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    Apr 11, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
    thank you gentlemen for your replies. i won't be seeing this particular client until tuesday evening, but you both have given me good ideas from which to work.

    profire, i was wondering if there were any devices like that available, because that is what the effect i was trying to accomplish with the equipment i currently have available at my work, to little avail. i will contact you about links to purchase those devices and other innovations you may have come up with in the future, as it is way past my bedtime and my first client is at 6:30 am.

    musclecomeback, thank you for that link. i will be exploring it extensively. and as i am somewhat familiar with your background, i am honored that you have chosen to share your experience with me.

    thank you once again gentlemen for you help, although i still hope that there will be more input from other trainers on this subject, as i am curious to hear how other trainers have dealt with this issue.

    good night and good luck.