You’ve asked for more desk jockey exercises, and we’re here to deliver.
This time we’re going deeper into the wrists and forearms with a couple closed chain exercises I developed in my ninjutsu days. I even filmed the clip in black and white, just for the sake of nostalgia…
We did a lot of wrist locks back then, and so we spent an awful lot of time stretching and mobilizing those specific ranges. It made our training sessions safer of course, but that mobility also gave me a bit of extra room when I wanted to slip out of a hold.
How did I open those ranges?
By wrist locking myself. We first started limbering up the area by applying wrist locks to our own joints in gradually increasing ranges of motion. And then I closed the chain, using a coffee table or desk to go deeper.
Your goal is to plant your hand on the desk and walk around your arm until you build enough tension that you’re reaching the edge of your comfort zone. Exhale, relax into it, and wait for that tension to melt away. Keep your palm flat and your shoulder packed. And remember: don’t jam into it. Just go to your edge.
This is a great pair of drills that you can use to release the soft tissue of your forearms when you’ve been spending too much time at your desk. It’s also really good for people like tool and die makers, pipe fitters, or folks who do heavy work that requires a lot of grip strength. We hope you find it helpful.
Good luck, and let us know how you did in the comment section below.