Gripitz Exercise Blocks

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This morning marks five days in a row that Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy has made it to the gym. Wow – I can’t even remember when the last time I went to work out for an entire week…I think it was back around April.

And the funny part is that instead of feeling more tired each day, I am actually feeling a little bit stronger and a little bit more full of energy. My physical therapist is just as excited, and is hoping that my fully using my muscles will help us to pinpoint certain areas that need special treatment during my sessions. Today we worked on my thighs, which we had never done before. (She tried giving me an explanation of muscles shortening and kneecaps moving, but I only partly understood.)

What is the secret to my return? At the moment, I would say it has been incorporating lots and lots of modifications into my (alternating by day) yoga and pilates classes. If I can’t bend my knee, I don’t. If I can’t use my hands, I use my forearms. If I can’t do a certain series of postures, I replace them with a series that I can do.

And the most important part of my modifications has been to continually maintain my exertion level at right around 3/4 of where I think I should be. I’ve discovered that if I get too close to my max, I will quickly burnout and actually provoke more pain…thus sending myself back to the starting line.

A reader recently recommended these Gripitz Exercise Blocks. Theyseem to be just the right thing for increased wrist protection during yoga class. I haven’t given them a try yet, but I hope to do so soon!


GripitzGripitz Exercise Blocks

Ergonomic exercise blocks that let you strengthen rather than strain.

Using Gripitz reduces stress on the wrists and elbows and allows people with repetitive stress injuries to exercise more comfortably for a longer, more productive workout.

Also helps to prevent future injuries by providing a more natural range of motion with certain exercises.

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

Comments 7

  1. cateepoo

    Yay for you! I needed to hear this today. I partly feel the need to be doing more physical activity and partly I don’t. But, maybe I can meet my body somewhere in the middle. Enjoy your workouts.

  2. Wren

    Wow — thanks for showing us the Gripitz blocks, RA Guy. This is exactly what I need — it’s been years since I was able to bend my right wrist and support my weight for exercise. Like, oh, 20 at least. I could do it supporting myself on that side on my fist — but that just wasn’t practical for more than a few seconds at a time, and it threw me off balance. These blocks will absolutely correct the problem.

    And bravo for you, working out a way to exercise each day in spite of the flares. I’ve been letting myself slack off on the gym workouts because of my sore hands, but I’m beginning to understand that my hands are just going to be sore all the time, period, so I might as well make sure they and the rest of me stays strong and flexible. As usual, you’re an inspiration. Thanks!

  3. Lisa Emrich

    Good for you!! I haven’t been good about exercising lately, even with simple stretching. However, my body feels somewhat different after the Rituxan infusions and is telling me that I need to work on some movement.

    Those blocks are very interesting. I haven’t done any yoga in a long time which would put stress on my wrists and using fists has been just as unlikely due to pressure on the knuckle joints. The blocks look to be a good solution. Let us know if you decide to try them.

  4. kathy Simington

    Hello, I was hoping that you might help me with a problem I’m having finding “Gripitz” yoga blocks.
    I’ve been using them for years and loving them!
    problem is someone took them at my club and I have been unable to locate a resource to purchase new ones!
    HELP, if ya can?
    truly grateful for your time,
    Ms. sore wrists

  5. Alex Mooney

    I cannot find any of these ANYWHERE! If anyone can let me know where I can locate a pair of Gripitz, I would be SO GRATEFUL!

    Thank you!

  6. Tracy

    Do you have a pair to sell or know anyone who does? I can only find one pair for sale on Amazon and the seller is asking $289!!!! That’s just crazy but I need a pair of these and they are not made any longer.


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