Matt Reynolds, Niki Sims, and CJ Gotcher join up to answer
your lifting and lifestyle questions. They cover wrist wraps and
wrist straps for deadlifting, upper body pulling exercises for
novices, BJJ, hiking & rucking, stuffing or dressing, and more in
this fun but informative holiday Q&A.
Wrist Wraps & Lifting Straps for Deadlifts
If you're having wrist issues, don't hesitate to use wrist
wraps for your lifts. Wrist wraps
deadlifts, however, should not really help.
During the deadlift your wrists are in tension, not compression.
Use the wrist wraps on all your lifts where your wrists are in
compression, even the squat.
Upper Body Pulling Exercises for
Lifters, however, add some type of upper body pulling exercise
early on as a lifter, some adding them as they begin their novice
program. It partly depends on their goals and current
Some people may really want to get their first bodyweight
pull-up. There is no reason to weight, and this may be a good
situation to have a lifter move to a 4-day split routine as a
Others may be in the military or a similar situation, and may
need to maintain or improve their chin-up or pull-up
Others, however, may be true beginners with little to no
experience in the gym. Focusing on the main four lifts for them is
enough. As they get stronger and their technique improves, adding
in something like a barbell row, lat pull down, or chin-ups makes
Hiking, Rucking, & BJJ
Niki shares here favorite submission move in BJJ. CJ gives a
brief description of his recent rucking event and if it was the
hardest thing he's every done. Matt discusses how a supposedly
friendly hike became a 7-hour ordeal of terror.
How do you say the word "pecan?" Do you eat stuffing or
dressing? What are their favorite dishes, drinks, and desserts for
Thanksgiving. Learn this and more, and share your with us on Instagram
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