Why Small Wrists Don’t Matter

Why Small Wrists
Don’t Matter
Here is a great question with some outstanding lessons to learn:

I happen to have very small wrists. I currently weigh about 170 pounds but my wrists are very thin and small. Do you feel that a person with naturally larger wrists and forearms will progress further than someone with naturally small wrists and forearms, even if they train exactly the same? Is there a program that works better for someone in my situation with small wrists? Thanks for the information.

Mike K.

Mike, I don’t know if you are familiar with George Jowett but he was an old-time strongman who wrote a bunch of great books and training courses back in the 20’s and 30’s. He was well known for his incredibly strong hands and his writings are filled with a boatload of great training information.

Before I answer your questions, I want you to read this passage from one of Jowett’s books:

“…I want you to get the idea out of your head that you have to own a large wrist before you can own a better and larger forearm. It is the forearm that makes the wrist, rather than the wrist making the forearm. I have listened to the wails of scores of young men who lament that they will never have a decent forearm because their wrist is far too small; and that is the accepted idea. But it is wrong. You have to get the forearm first and in order to get the forearm you have to get the grip…”
George Jowett – The Key to Might and Muscle, 1926

Strong hands = strong wrists = strong forearms; notice how everything fits together? Hmmm, now where have I heard that before? It just goes to show how important a balanced approach really is.

Remember, when it comes to functionality, it is not what your muscles look like; it is what they can do that counts. I know a guy with huuuuuge arms who is as weak as a kitten. I know another guy who is thin and wirey and not much to look at, but frighteningly strong.

Here is one of the most important concepts I can teach you: The only meaningful measurement occurs when comparing the “you” of some point in the past to the “you” of right now.

You simply cannot go around comparing yourself to other people and quite frankly, it should be a case of ‘mind over matter.’ If you don’t mind, it don’t matter. As far as a program that works better for someone with small wrists, I’ll let you in on a secret: ~ it doesn’t make a lick of difference!

With a willingness to work hard, mental toughness, the right tools for the job, and a program that addresses the requirements for muscle growth (and an understanding of why it works), you will improve, and that is all that matters. Whether a rep here or a pound there, phenomenal strength levels are just a matter of time, as long as you are moving forward every single time you train.

Even with gigantic wrists and mega-forearms, the “other guy” will still be wasting time and energy not knowing what to do, while you will be getting stronger every single day ~ and be laughing at him the whole time. But if you think it is going to be easy, quit fooling yourself. Nothing worth having ever is…

‘Rome wasn’t built in a day…but it can be built.’

Train hard,

John Wood


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John Wood does a 140 lb. one-arm dumbell snatch at Dr. Ken Leistner’s place.

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My name is John Wood this is the place where you will find what could be that “one thing” – hand strength! We provide top quality grip tools and training courses that will truly make the difference in your routine. You see, I was lucky enough to discover the importance of stronger hands a long time ago.

Back in high school, I started training my grip for football and I’ve never looked back. Building an “Iron Grip” helped me excel in every sport I played, whether it was on the football field, in the weight room, or in some other athletic event. Of course, I made plenty of mistakes along the way too, mistakes that you can learn a lot from.

There are plenty of ways to build brutally strong hands…and there are many ways to waste your valuable training time too.

I know…

I’ve done my fair share of each over the years but the important thing is that \throughout the process, I was able to find out which training techniques and methods work (and what to avoid at all costs). Now I have decided to share my extensive knowledge and let others in on the grip training “secret weapon.”

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I fully believe that anyone who really works at it can develop a pair of hands that they can be proud of, but you have to know how to do it right…and that’s why we’re here.

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