Recently, we’ve been doing some Front Squats and Clean variations. A large majority of you have expressed how uncomfortable holding the bar with the loose fingertip grip in the “rack” position is for you. While some have just resorted to alternative grips like the cross-armed variation or strap assisted rack position, it’s probably not best that you resign yourself to employing this position for good.
The rack position is not only an important part of a good front squat but also in the receiving position of the clean. It plays a big role in performing a thruster properly as well.
Check out the MobilityWOD above to see if some of the drills shown provide some relief to some of that wrist discomfort. Like Kelly describes, it could also have something to do with T-spine mobility as well. Try some of these out or consult a trainer for some more ideas of how to help you better embrace the rack position.
WOD – 12.7.2011
Take 20 minutes to build up to a heavy Clean and Jerk
7 rounds for time:
7 Overhead Squats