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Old 08-21-2014, 10:10 AM   #1
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I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to post this question, but I'm new here. I'm wondering whether anybody has found that their wrists have grown since they started to box?

I know it's more often than not said that "You can't increase the size of your wrists." but I've also heard that you can from other sources. If I was to try and increase my wrist size (I'm 17 and haven't boxed for a couple of years, I started again a week or so ago) should I wear wraps etc?

Do callisthenics increase wrist size? I figure they would and I also wonder as my cousin is an Olympic gymnast on those hoop things and he has pretty massive wrists.

Or, with me being 17 years old should I expect some growth naturally before I finish filling out? I started filling out about 4-6 months ago now. My dad's wrists are about 8", whereas my mother has a smaller frame, probably because she's a woman. My own wrists are a little under 7"

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Old 08-21-2014, 10:34 AM   #2
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There's a very effective exercise for this involving a wall, but I'm f.ucked if I can remember the name..
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There's a very effective exercise for this involving a wall, but I'm f.ucked if I can remember the name..
F.uck! I know it involves sitting but the name eludes me, gonna wind me up all day this.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:57 AM   #4
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Why are big wrists a goal for you?
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Old 08-21-2014, 12:20 PM   #5
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I can understand why you'd want to increase your wrist size. I have massive 8.25'' wrists myself, but I'm sure Team Elite, for example, would not accept a member who has anything less than 8''.

There was a wrist size thread in the general, I think, a while back, that linked to an article by a guy who made a study of wrist size and how it mostly correlates to the size of your frame/skeleton.

Here's a link to the study.

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I can understand why you'd want to increase your wrist size. I have massive 8.25'' wrists myself, but I'm sure Team Elite, for example, would not accept a member who has anything less than 8''.

There was a wrist size thread in the general, I think, a while back, that linked to an article by a guy who made a study of wrist size and how it mostly correlates to the size of your frame/skeleton.

Here's a link to the study.

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You're correct that it has to do with bone size over which you have very little applicable control as it pretty much is genetic. You're incorrect that it matters all that much and citing one article with the claims of just one 'scientist' (was it even peer-reviewed) doesn't change that.

I question the Pacquiao eight inch measurement.

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There is, however, probably some merit to Pacquiao having a larger skeletal chassis than his peers and not being quite as "undersized" as legend purports. (he did start at light flyweight, but his balls had barely dropped yet). The idea that he might not be all that small a welter in skeletal terms (just vertical stature) might have legs.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:25 PM   #7
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You're incorrect that it matters all that much and citing one article with the claims of just one 'scientist' (was it even peer-reviewed) doesn't change that.
Well I understand your skepticism, of course. It is after all only one report. Hopefully something will come out of Lichtenstein on this in the next few years that will bring more clarity to this subject.
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You're correct that it has to do with bone size over which you have very little applicable control as it pretty much is genetic. You're incorrect that it matters all that much.
What makes you think it matters so little. I'm not so sure. I reckon it's key..

More data on this would be fascinating..
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What makes you think it matters so little. I'm not so sure. I reckon it's key..
Wrist strength, or actual size?
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Wrist strength, or actual size?
I read it that you thought bone density wasn't all that important?
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I read it that you thought bone density wasn't all that important?
Not what I thought or said. Overall bone density does play a role in strength.

I don't think specifically worrying about the size of your wrist - especially with it being something beyond your control - is particularly important.
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:52 AM   #12
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Bigger wrists mean bigger bones and the advantages are the following. A. Bigger bones can take a punch. B. Bigger bone marrow means loads of red blood cells= more stamina. C. The bigger the skeleton the more weight one can put on it.

I've always said that one can produce a world champion with in 6 months of training and science is starting to back me.
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Old 08-23-2014, 02:16 PM   #13
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Bigger wrists mean bigger bones and the advantages are the following. A. Bigger bones can take a punch. B. Bigger bone marrow means loads of red blood cells= more stamina. C. The bigger the skeleton the more weight one can put on it.

I've always said that one can produce a world champion with in 6 months of training and science is starting to back me.
Look at Mike Tyson, Cus always said that he was going to be the champ, even from day one apparently. You're absolutely right in that this is the reason I would like larger wrists, it was to do with frame size. I guess now a smarter question would be about my frame in general; is it likely to get much bigger? The wrist is just one aspect that I was using as I know I could compare to my dad etc for that bit more information.

I think the idea is that basically the bigger your bones, the easier time your body has whilst doing work (in this case boxing/fighting)

Would it be unlikely that someone of 5'11" with just under 7" wrists at 17 will one day be able to sit comfortably (not having too much bulk) at around 215-220lbs? I'm around 160 now, that's before I've really started trying to gain muscle.
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Look at Mike Tyson, Cus always said that he was going to be the champ, even from day one apparently. You're absolutely right in that this is the reason I would like larger wrists, it was to do with frame size. I guess now a smarter question would be about my frame in general; is it likely to get much bigger? The wrist is just one aspect that I was using as I know I could compare to my dad etc for that bit more information.

I think the idea is that basically the bigger your bones, the easier time your body has whilst doing work (in this case boxing/fighting)

Would it be unlikely that someone of 5'11" with just under 7" wrists at 17 will one day be able to sit comfortably (not having too much bulk) at around 215-220lbs? I'm around 160 now, that's before I've really started trying to gain muscle.
many young boxers use human growth hormone there are those that swear to its efficacy in making them a bit taller.
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:13 PM   #15
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Trying to increase wrist size to become a stronger puncher, would be a lot like trying to tan your skin, because Floyd Mayweather is black.

I do believe bone density may possibly have something to do with strength and athletic ability, but there's absolutely nothing you can do about it. Luck of the draw my friend.

LOL....it's funny how people interpret things so singularly. If you could somehow legitimately increase the bone thickness of your wrists, I promise you it still won't do a damn thing for you.
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