Forearm Twists and Exercises for Strengthening Wrists

By Kate Evelyn

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Golfers know how important their forearms can be to their games. Having strong muscles here can help you maintain a good grip on your club and hit the ball harder and farther. You can work to develop these muscles, as well as the muscles in your fingers, by doing a series of exercises where you twist your arms, and other objects, in a variety of ways. It should only take you about 10 to 15 minutes per day to do the entire workout.

Pronation and Supination Twist

This exercise, also called the wrist twist, requires you to twist your entire forearm to go from the palm up to the palm down position. While standing, pick up a dumbbell or a hardcover book that weighs at least three pounds with your left hand. Straighten your back and legs. Bend your elbow 90 degrees so you are holding the object out in front of you with your fingers parallel to the wall. Rotate your forearm so that your palm becomes parallel to the ground. Hold for five seconds. Rotate your forearm a full 180 degrees. Hold for five seconds. Continue until your arm is fatigued. Do three sets for each arm.

Towel Twist

This exercise involves twisting a towel, but it's your forearm and your fingers that get the workout. Dampen a hand towel or dish towel so that it is heavy with water but not dripping. Roll the towel into a log shape. Grip this "log" in both hands using an overhand grip. Squeeze and twist the towel moving your left hand toward you and your right hand away from you, trying to wring the water out. Switch the direction of your hands after 60 seconds. Continue until all the water is out of the towel. Do this once a day, preferably over a tub or sink.

Seated Forearm Twist

This exercise works the brachioradialis muscle in your forearm, which terminates near your elbow. Sit down on either a bench or a chair and bend your knees at 90 degrees. Pick up a dumbbell in each hand. Hold them so that one end of each dumbbell faces the ceiling and your knuckles face the walls out to the left and right, respectively. Bend your elbows at 90 degrees so that your forearms lightly brush the tops of your thighs. Twist both forearms as far right as you can at exactly the same time. Return your arms to center. Then twist them to the left. Hold at the end of each twist for five seconds. Do not twist at your waist. Do one set of 16, alternating sides.

Wrist Curls

Wrist curls are a common exercise that build muscle in the lower forearm and are extremely beneficial. You will need a curl bar and or free weights, and a bench. Place your arms on the bench while you sit on the ground, letting your hands hang off the side with the weight. Make sure that your palms are facing towards you. Then pull the weight up like a bicep curl, but use only the wrists. Do three sets for 12 reps.

Wrist Extensions

Wrist extensions are almost the same basic workout as a wrist curl but instead of having your palms face towards you, you will have them facing towards the ground. In this exercise, you will extend your wrists and bring them towards you. You will not need high weight to create stronger muscles. Do three sets for 12 reps.

Stress Ball Squeezes

This exercise is extremely simple and productive. All you need is a stress ball or something that can be squeezed and contracted. Squeeze the ball for the count of three and then relax and repeat. Complete three sets of 20. These three simple exercises will create much stronger wrists if done two to three times a week.

About the Author

Based in Washington, D.C., Kate Evelyn has been writing professionally since 2000. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including "Elle" magazine, "Brass|CU" magazine and the "Credit Union Times." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Western Maryland College.