Saturday, August 25, 2012
Fingers and Hands
As seen in an article by Joshua McCarron on LiveStrong.com: "You can perform several different exercises on the Gripmaster to work your fingers, hands and forearms. For overall grip strength, place the palm bar across your palm and fingers all across the buttons and squeeze. You can curl your fingers to rest your fingertips on each button with the bar on your palm and squeeze. You can place the Gripmaster sideways with your thumb on the end button and bent fingers under the palm bar to squeeze in a key pinch exercise. You can also place your thumb tip under the bar and a fingertip on one of the buttons to squeeze. Alternate through each finger."
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/295045-gripmaster-hand-finger-exerciser/#ixzz24bsIe8aF
My warm-up routine in the gym consists of shadow boxing for three rounds, then stretching. I roll my wrists in circles to loosen them up for the rest of the workout. Ever since I sprained my right wrist several years ago as the result of using a pair of poorly padded bag gloves I used to own, I've been mindful of my wrists and hands in general.
I remember watching a documentary about "The Dean Martin Show" a few years ago. For those not as old as me, here's a brief history. Dean Martin was a singer and an actor. He was once part of a comedy team with comedian Jerry Lewis, and Martin was a member of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack. From the mid-1960's to the early 1970's, Martin headlined his own variety show on NBC. I watched it every week. My mother would grumble that Martin couldn't sing, but I digress. The guy who produced the TV show was interviewed during the documentary. He commented that Martin held his hands in a certain way and was always careful about his hands. Martin had been a boxer for a brief time when he was a young man, and that was most likely a habit he carried over from that time.
All boxers need to be careful about their hands because without them, well. . . .there's no participating in the sport. I mentioned two exercisers here. I will post other hand exercises as I find them.