Just recently, since I started upping the weight when I squat, I have found my wrists really hurt during the exercise. After around 8-10 reps they positively feel like snapping so I am subsequently forced to give up. I rest 2 minutes and they are fine again. I feel I have my wrists in the most comfortable position - somebody told me to adopt a wider grip but this felt uneasy and unstable while descending, so I currently hold the bar fairly narrow (just wider than shoulders so my forearms are vertical). If anyone has had similar problems or knows what I can do to rectify this problem, it would assist me greatly in my work-out.
Oh and by-the-way, congrats on the web-site it looks great.
I have had a similar problem with my right wrist. I believe that it is caused by pushing with the arms (subconciously) during the last couple of reps on a set. I agree that a wider grip might be a good idea. It may not feel right at first, but you will get used to it. For me, I just worked through it. Probably not the best idea. You could also try wrapping your wrists for additional support.
I think I'll try to take that wider grip actually and maybe let the bar rest on my shoulders a little more (I think you could be right about subconciously pushing it up with my arms). Thanks.
I get the exact same problem... My right wrist seems to be a bit weaker from a particually bad sprain a while ago, but it plays up more when squatting heavy...
I may well try the wider grip too..
[Edited by Hulk on 01-18-2001 at 10:11 AM]
See if this works before you try widening your grip:
Place the bar HIGH up on your traps, grip CLOSE to your shoulders, and right before you take the bar off, squeeze your shoulder blades together and tuck your elbows close to your body, and look forward (not up). Think of your arms, lats, shoulders and back as one unit that serves as a powerful base. Keep your abs tight and let your lower body take you down, but explode with your ENTIRE body upwards---remember to keep your upper body as one unit so that your chest, lats, shoulders and back assist with the lift--not your wrists. This is the ULTIMATE compound exercise when performed this way. You shouldn't have any wrist strain doing squats. Good luck, I hope this helps.
PS. when you hold the bar are your knuckles facing up or back? Holding the bar too low on your traps will force your wrists in a bad position and compromise the effectiveness of the movement.
You'll know your doing them right when at the top of your movement it feels like you can throw the weight up and catch it. Just don't actually do it.