My wrist size is small

Discussion in 'Kettlebell' started by Jayk, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. Jayk

    Jayk First Timer

    Hi everyone,
    My wrist size is comparatively small. Is it safe to use a 20 kg kettle-bell without using wrist band.
  2. Anna C

    Anna C More than 5000 posts Elite Certified Instructor

    Yes, it's safe. May not be comfortable, but you'll get used to it.

    Maintain a straight wrist, like a punch. "There are no wrists in kettlebells."
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  3. Snowman

    Snowman Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    It's all relative.

    I also have fairly thin wrists. In the past I've used sweatbands when doing a lot of heavy overhead work. These days it doesn't hurt anymore, so I don't use them. By all means, if things are painful enough that you have to adjust your training, use the wrist bands. They even make ones just for KB's that have little plastic inserts.

    Safety-wise, I have seen some very small humans doing overhead work with very large kettlebells, and their wrists were not crushed ;)

    EDIT: Just measured my wrist circumference. 6.75 inches, aka 17 cm. According to Google that's half an inch smaller than a normal dude, and 80% of dudes have bigger wrists than me. I regularly train with 36 kg overhead.
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  4. Mark Limbaga

    Mark Limbaga Quadruple-Digit Post Count Elite Certified Instructor

    Paraphrasing a quote by @Pavel Macek

    "What's the potential for a smaller guy? Get stronger"

    I have a 4' wrist :) with smart training I have done a beast getup
  5. Shawn90

    Shawn90 More than 500 posts

    My wrists are really small. But never had issues, so why would you ?

    Take your time getting stronger (in form) ye be fine
  6. Marc

    Marc Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    My wrists are relatively small, too. I can close my thumb and index finger around it. I never had issus with that. My best press was double 32 for 2 reps and muliple sets. Currently I am worki g on handstands and planch progressions and my wrists don't bother me at all. Just progress safely and slowly but still progressively from where you are right now.
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  8. crazycanuck

    crazycanuck Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    Go for it, small wrists are not something to be feared. As Anna says, there are no wrists in kettlebells. My wrists are small too despite not being (ahem) small framed elsewhere (I can overlap thumb quite well over middle finger when wrapped around the wrist).

    I find kettlebell brand and distance from the bell to the handle is a factor, at least for me. I have two 16kg from 2 different companies, and one is good for getups for me, and the other not as it the space between the bell and handle is longer, hence sitting further down the arm. With a new weight I usually had a period of using some bands (made from cutting the cuff of a winter sock) over the wrist, but this is due to where some veins fall on my forearm and the weight of it being uncomfortable, after a short time can go without the bands. Don't be afraid to experiment with what works for you.

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