Are you holding your weights wrong?
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If, during your workout, you’re gripping your hand weights like the car steering wheel during a blizzard, then you’re probably holding them wrong.
What’s wrong with making sure your dumbbell doesn’t go flying into the woman next to you?
It’s just that your wrist is probably doing more of the work than your biceps, say experts. And clenching your wrist joints probably isn’t why you’re lifting at Barry’s Bootcamp, Physique 57, Refine Method, or Flybarre.
And that's way too much pressure on a small joint, says Kara Liotta, the director of training of Flybarre, who helped us illustrate what weights should look like in your hand if you want them to tone your muscles. Read on... —Melisse Gelula
Photos: Melisse Gelula for Well+Good
CREATE A LONG LINE
For weights that are three pounds or less, think of creating a long line from your fingertips up to the shoulder, like a dancer. This allows you to better isolate and tone your bicep, shoulders, delts, and triceps. Releasing your fingertips, like many of the Flybarre instructors do, and resting the weight under your thumb might also work for you. But be mindful if your hands are sweaty...