01 March 2016 ~ 3 Comments

One Easy Exercise You Can Do…In Your Car

Hand Clamps

In addition to my twice-a-week strength training regimen I now carry a hand strengthening device in my car. I use it when traveling or running errands. I originally started using a regular “hardware store” scissor clamp (background — yellow clamp), but it failed after about two months of use. I then picked up this clamp from Flawless Fitness on Amazon. I have used it for a few months now and it seems to work great. It is adjustable in the pressure and opening.

Why bother? Read on.

  1. For doing pull-ups, it aids in keeping my old (60+ yr old) hands stronger for that purpose.
  2. Having stronger hands certainly helps when changing out tires and/or tubes.
  3. In 2012, while on a the Colorado High Country 1200K ride, I was able to work with a small group of fellow riders for this 4-day event (translation: they were kind enough to let me draft with them!). For some reason, towards the end of this ride, my hand got very fatigued, to the point that after the ride, I was barely able to open my car door with my keys. I am guessing that this was due to all the gentle braking with my fingers as I was drafting for hours and hours each day. At that time I was not doing hand strengthening exercises. I am not hoping for a repeat, so consequently I have added this easy one to my “regular work outs.”


3 Responses to “One Easy Exercise You Can Do…In Your Car”

  1. Mitch Goldflies 2 March 2016 at 7:52 am Permalink

    May be the beginning of carpal tunnel syndrome from hand positioning on handlebars or cervical radiculopathy from neck position while riding. Get checked out by someone that can evaluate you for both conditions. See an occupation therapist for a rehab program for you hand. Easier to get fixed early on.

  2. Rando Richard 2 March 2016 at 8:24 am Permalink

    Good suggestion Mitch. That was a one-time occurrence, back in 2012 and hasn’t happened since.

  3. Leo Shouse 11 March 2016 at 10:29 pm Permalink

    For DIY dumbbells, grab two cans or bottles of water. Stand up straight , with one foot in front of the other and the front knee slightly bent. With palms facing each other and the abs engaged, bend forward slightly from the waist and extend arms out to the side, squeezing the shoulder blades. Repeat.

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