Forearms & Wrists

Forearms & Wrist Training: The Ultimate Machine for the Martial Artist


Forearms training is an essential part for athletes of any martial art and fighting sport: stronger and bigger forearms are known  to provide obvious advantages to the committed Martial Practitioner, although too often, in the Martial Physical preparation, not enough time is given to this essential component.

First legs, then forearms. Because of the following reasons, forearms are second in importance only after legs:

  • they guarantee solid and powerful blocks
  • they make wrists stronger. No matter how powerful you’re hitting your punchbag / real opponent: a broken wrist is an untrained wrist
  • strong forearms mean strong grip: in weapons, in locks, in real life situations

Why putting forearms training after legs in order of importance? Because if we simplify the purpose of martial arts to the very defense part, nobody can deny that:

Legs can take you away from a fight, as they carry the whole body.
Hands can block attacks or become fists – indeed – but forearms block better, just as a knight wouldn’t fight without his shield.

A machine designed for the purpose. I built this forearms training machine with few ideas in my mind:

  • allowing up to eight people to train simultaneously
  • having the ability to choose a proper height
  • having the comfort of working on forearms and wrists only, without tensing up shoulders, neck and back (a common inconvenience when training with just a stick and a rope)
  • using the eight seats for other exercises, like Iron Palm Conditioning

Furthermore, in order to gurantee the smoothest movement of the bar, I used a set of two ball-bearings.

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About the author : Fabio Zambelli

Fabio Zambelli
Fabio has dedicated his life to Martial Arts for more than 20 years and has been teaching since 2005. Extremely committed and passionate to the way of the warrior lifestyle, he lives his days following Martial Arts’ principles: hard work and self-sacrifice. The diplomas he is most proud of are his failures as overcoming these demonstrated that Martial Arts values, along with their code of conduct, have worked on him. His extraordinary determination, concretized in Heart of The Orient, the world's first designed and hand-crafted Dojo for Shaolin Kungfu, is proof that human willpower has no limits.

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