When I first started doing kettlebells, I did them without the help or guidance of a professional. I used videos and would follow along as best as I could. The one thing that jumped out to me right away was the kettlebell hitting my wrist. I wasn’t sure if I was doing them wrong or if the kettlebell slamming into the wrist was something you have to get used to.
It turns out that doing certain moves like snatches, cleans, and jerks, will lead you to bump your wrist with the kettlebell. If you’re doing things properly it shouldn’t really hurt you, and it definitely shouldn’t cause any broken bones–in which case you’re really doing things wrong–but I can completely understand how some people would find it uncomfortable. Fortunately, there is a solution.
As I mentioned, I use kettlebells and have experienced slight discomfort from time to time while using them, but I never thought there was actually a product specifically for kettlebell users who want to protect their wrists. Of course Onnit comes to the rescue again, emailing me information about its brand new kettlebell wristguards.
While at first glance the Onnit kettlebell wristguards just look like overstuffed wristbands, they actually contain plastic “armor” inserts for additional protection. The wristguards work as sweatbands as well, so the kettlebell won’t slide around as much as it would on a sweaty arm. And don’t think that this is a product that is only for beginners who don’t know what they’re doing. Onnit recommends its kettlebell wristguards for beginners and intermediate users who are still working on their form, and for expert users who perform vigorous high-rep kettlebell exercises regularly.