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Jared Vojik

Hello! I am requesting a bit of help.

About a month and a half ago, I started having wrist and elbow pain after doing bar muscle ups. I believe it stemmed from using too much momentum and a lack of wrist mobility. For example, I can't even bring my wrists to a 90 degree angle (I'm almost there but not quite) without using an external object such as a wall.

So far, I've rested my arms for a month while using ice and occasionally heat. For about three weeks now I've been using heat only. I've also been doing eccentric wrist curls for about two weeks with very low weight. I do not feel random pain anymore. The only time I feel pain or discomfort is occasionally when driving, lifting or carrying objects, and sometimes when drawing (I'm an artist). It occurs on the insides of my elbows. This pain, out of 10, is probably a 2 or 3. I would more so call it a brief discomfort at this point.

Do you all believe that I can begin using Handstand One to rehab/strengthen my wrists and elbows? If not yet, when can I use Handstand One to start strengthening my wrists? Would it be beneficial to begin Foundations One? 

If you have any advice pertaining to my questions, please help me out! I also welcome any advice that you can offer that does not deal with F1 or H1.

Thank you!

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Pauline Taube

Hi Jared,

Sorry to hear about your pain in your wrists and elbows.

The wrist series in the Handstand One course is great to strengthen and conditioning the wrist. Foundation One would be a great addition in order to build the basic strength and mobility you need in order to strengthen your whole body, especially the straight arm strength exercises will probably be highly beneficial for your elbows. However if you do experience pain here I would consult with a physio before starting any courses. 

If you are lacking mobility in general I would recommend to begin with the Fundamentals course before starting Foundation One. This is a great way to assess your body and discover weaknesses and imbalances before moving on to the other courses. This is a four week gentle introductory course to GST. You can do the Handstand course simultaneously with Fundamentals.

Please let us know if you have any more questions, we are happy to help you getting started the right way! 

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Jared Vojik

Thank you for your response!

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