THE PROBLEM WITH STRAPS

On wrist bruising: BBG: We’d like to ask about the bruising. One well-known IFBB pro who uses Big Back Grips told us he does back twice a week and goes heavy. The bruising on his wrists was almost constant. Can you tell us:

BBG: What exactly does it mean to “be bruised”?

WW: Bruising or ecchymosis is the result of blood in the skin/tissues, usually from trauma.  It can be painful as it is space utilizing and therefore a disruption of natural anatomical planes and potentially function.

HOW THE LATS WORK

There’s no such thing as working just your lats. As you can see from the picture on the left, the lats are part of the very complicated muscle system that makes up the back. During the course of your back workout, other muscles in the back and shoulders invariably become involved. Most good lat workouts make demands of the teres major, your rear delts, the long head of the triceps brachii, and a number of other stabilizing muscles. Your traps (trapezius major) are frequently called into play as well.

STAY FOCUSED ON THE SET, NOT ON YOUR HANDS

If you don’t know what “knurled” handles are, you certainly know how they look and feel. They are the handles you love to hate. They are the barbells, dumbbells, lat handles and chinning bars sporting the sharp metal points in a “diamond cut” pattern designed to keep your hand from slipping from the metal.