I was just curious, with the exclusion of wrist rollers (my gym doesin't have them,) what are some good exercises for increasing wrist size? I'm not that big of a guy, I just got over my inital "do everything wrong" phase, so I want to make some informed choices. That, and lifting 40lbs dumbbells with 12" arms and 5" wrists looks ridiculous.
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Thread: Increasing Wrist Size
03-22-2007, 12:13 AM #1
Increasing Wrist Size"This time, no retreat, no surrender."
03-22-2007, 12:15 AM #2
You cant reall increase wrist size. There are forearm excersizes, but its always gonna be about your bone size when it comes to the actual wrist.
03-22-2007, 12:51 AM #3
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Not much you can do to increase the size of your wrist unfortunately... Genetics play a mojor role in determining how large or small your wrists will be.
I have small wrists as well, but that did not stop me from developing the rest of my arms through hard work. Focus on everything else that CAN be changed (i.e. forearms, biceps and triceps) and before you know it, your wrists will be the least of your worries...OUTLAW split:
03-22-2007, 01:42 AM #4
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You have basically the same thought pattern i was/am on. I say was because at one time I wondered if there was a way to increase the size, and "am" because now i know there really isn't. The wrist is basically nothing but bone, with a few ligaments passing over it, the forearm muscles don't actually "start" til a little ways past the wrist. Those muscles are basically like, cables, but by increasing their size (in the upper forearm) it increases what i guess you could call the "apparent angle" between the top of the wrist and top of the forearm (laid flat, palm down). Being there's really no muscle where the wrist flexes there's just no way to increase size, so you're stuck with what your momma gave you, but the muscles start generally just past the "spurs" of your wrist. The knots where wrist meets hand. By increaseing forearm size though, you would probably feel more comfortable with your lower-arms.
My last foreman was fat but the guy obviously did some forearm work because they were just massive, to the point it looked, well you've all seen a fat guy with muscled forearms before i'm sure.
03-22-2007, 01:51 AM #5
Alright, thanks for the info guys ... appreciate it."This time, no retreat, no surrender."
03-22-2007, 09:18 AM #6
Wrist size will only increase minimal even with a overall weight gain of lets say 20lbs of muscle over a training period of five years. Twenty pounds of muscle gain however will not appear by itself as you will have to squat and deadlift with great effiecientcy.ML
03-22-2007, 09:23 AM #7
Small wrists will make a big bicep:wrist and forearm:wrist ratio. Always look on the bright side of life.
03-22-2007, 10:53 AM #8
deadlifts blew my forearms the **** up
03-22-2007, 01:10 PM #9
Bone density and bone size can increase from lifting. That's why old folks are supposed to lift weights. When I started lifting I could encircle my wrist with my thumb and and middle finger. Now they come more than an inch from touching.PRs:
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Deadlift: 425 (that SUCKS but getting better)
Squat: 315 (still learning it)
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05-15-2008, 09:20 PM #12
Can incresae wrist size
Do push ups such a way that
Make a tight fist and place the first two knuckles into the floor.
one who has wrist joint pains also can do this push ups easily.
Surely it helps.
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05-15-2008, 09:22 PM #13
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Why would you want big wrists? Smaller wrists and a sort of ecto bone structure can make muscles look that much more dramatic!
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05-15-2008, 09:27 PM #14
Actually i used to use my writ measurement to see if i was getting bigger or smaller and I still do it now. At my smallest my fingers would wrap around my wrist and pass over about 1/4 in, my biggest they would miss by almost an inch now they barely touch.
So my advice is to gain mass and your body will even itself out as it sees fit.old broken soldier
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05-15-2008, 11:06 PM #16
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Go back in time and have your mom sleep with a thick boned dude.
05-16-2008, 03:13 AM #17
In its purest form bodybuilding is all about aesthetics and creating the illusion of size. Some of the best physiques on this site don't belong to big guys. Make the most of what you've got and don't worry about genetic stuff that you can't change.
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05-16-2008, 09:12 PM #19
The size of the wrist can be increased by increasing the size of your tendons. Try thick/fat bar 2", 2.5" or best 3" bar for all your upper body work like curls, rows etc, and see what happens to your forearms and wrist size. You will have to drop poundages in the beginning until your thumb is strong enough, but it's well worth it.
05-18-2008, 12:47 AM #20WARNING: This post may contain material offensive to those who lack wit, humor, common sense and/or supporting factual or anecdotal evidence. All statements and assertions contained herein may be subject to literary devices not limited to: irony, metaphor, allusion and dripping sarcasm.
06-21-2010, 06:58 AM #21
increasing wrist size
You can wrist size, but it reverses on stopping the exercise. If you bear you body weight on your wrists for 5 - 10 minutes a day or on alternate days, which is going to be a very stressfull manoeuvre.
You can try this, by going upside down on your upper limbs, and taking the support of a wall. I have small wrists, which I increased, but it all reversed when I stopped it for a week.
This is the same logic that explains why apes have a wrist size as much as their ankles.
Human beings developed weaker and smaller wrist as they evolved into bipeds.
But remember going upside down even for a minute can make you tired for the rest of the day, initially, untill you get used to it.
Alternative is as the other guys sugest, exercise your forearms and arms which should gradually increase in bulk and strength, and then you wouldn't feel much about wrist size.
06-21-2010, 07:17 AM #22
This is just silly. If you could increase the size of your bones, it doesn't mean you will increase the odds of getting bigger. All you would be is a guy with bigger bones but smaller muscle making you look worse than before.
brb 8 inch wrists and 16inch arms ...
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06-21-2010, 07:44 AM #23
the bones wont change, but the tendons (& possibly ligaments) may thicken from weight training. a few guys on this board have reported an inch or so increase, one of them is over 50 yrs old"Though the concept is not scientifically validated in detail (it should be considered as a hypothesis rather than a scientific theory), it is useful from a practical standpoint. When training athletes, it is impossible to wait until scientific research provides all of the necessary knowledge." Vladmir M. Zatsiorsky, Ph.D.
06-21-2010, 01:08 PM #24
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weight lifting increases bone density, and drink some milkEat for what you are about to do, not for what you have already done.
if i don't know how to cut ,why would i be bold enough to bulk?
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06-21-2010, 05:46 PM #25"Though the concept is not scientifically validated in detail (it should be considered as a hypothesis rather than a scientific theory), it is useful from a practical standpoint. When training athletes, it is impossible to wait until scientific research provides all of the necessary knowledge." Vladmir M. Zatsiorsky, Ph.D.
08-21-2016, 07:17 PM #26
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