Bear Blocks

We martial artists all know that one of the key strengths comes from our core. And one of the simplest yet very effective workouts is the Plank, it works your whole. But did you know that doing a conventional plank can actually hurt us? You may wonder in what way exactly. There are 8 small bones and 5 complex ligament structures in the wrist. A traditional plank position compresses the wrist bones and strains the ligaments because of the acute angle the position requires. Doing a 1 minute plank in this position might be okay, but trying to do, for example, a 6 minute body weight routine from this position will lead to wrist pain, fatigue, and possibly injuries.


Of course, the stress on the bones and ligaments is intensified by the weight of the athlete. In addition, the motion of pushing up and down during exercise can actually add to the strain.

​So, what's the solution to this?

Bear Blocks have developed a small yet incredibly effective tool that will aid you in not straining your wrist. By forcing the hand to angle downwards by just 20 degrees allows the wrist to be in a more comfortable position. By gripping the underside of the blocks the palm is guided into a downward angle even if the heal of your hand is on the flat base at the back of the block.

The Bear Block is not only good for a plank, but for many exercises. So why hurt and strain our wrists in the first place? It's not worth the potential outcome. Give Bear Blocks a try and if you don't see a difference, they will get you a refund! Learn more at www.bearblocks.com

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