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Old 05-24-2011, 08:22 AM   #1
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OHS and wrist pain

I have been working hard at CF since the beginning of the year. My shoulder mobility was such that I could not even OHS the bar. After some work, I would OHS the bar with significant warmup. Now, I can add a bit of weight and the shoulder mobility problem seems to have been addressed (though I use a VERY wide grip for someone 67" tall).

The limiting factor now is wrist pain. I cannot recall an injury to my wrists that would cause this. My box's workout today called for many OHS reps, and I tried using wrist wraps. I was able to get a PR on a max OHS and could do most of the workout with the wraps. They seem to be a solution for now, but I do not want to be reliant on the wraps forever. Are there any specific exercises I can do to address this? Thanks.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:48 AM   #2
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Re: OHS and wrist pain

Continue your work on shoulder mobility. The more narrow your grip the less stress on the wrist. I personally find that the more I OHS the less it hurts my wrists (over time... not in a single day).
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:31 AM   #3
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Re: OHS and wrist pain

Jared's advice is sound. Most people who OHS any significant weight use support gear in training.
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:37 AM   #4
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Re: OHS and wrist pain

Definitely trying using a more narrow grip.

But, my last OHS max was 148 lbs. OHS for reps, even at 100 lbs or so, absolutely wreck my wrists. I've tried lots of different wrist wraps, and nothing helps. If I bring my grip in one or two inches from my snatch grip, it helps.

I don't really have a reason to OHS because it's not the limiting factor in my snatch, so I just don't do it often for that reason.
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Re: OHS and wrist pain

I have wet dreams about meeting Nicole Carroll in a OHS squat-off some day, so I practice constantly.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:47 PM   #6
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Re: OHS and wrist pain

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I have wet dreams about meeting Nicole Carroll in a OHS squat-off some day, so I practice constantly.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:06 PM   #7
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Re: OHS and wrist pain

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Continue your work on shoulder mobility. The more narrow your grip the less stress on the wrist. I personally find that the more I OHS the less it hurts my wrists (over time... not in a single day).
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Jared's advice is sound. Most people who OHS any significant weight use support gear in training.
So, the advice would be to continue working on the shoulder mobility to narrow the grip, and to use wrist wraps in training, with the aim of getting narrow enough that the wrist wraps are unnecessary?

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I have wet dreams about meeting Nicole Carroll in a OHS squat-off some day, so I practice constantly.
I just looked her up. I understand, and that is a worthy goal. Good luck to you.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:01 PM   #8
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Re: OHS and wrist pain

Keep working on the mobility and don't use an excessive wide grip with the OHS!!
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