If you have golfer’s elbow, here’s how to do inverted rows without any gripping by using a TRX suspension device.
Whether or not you have golfer’s elbow, the TRX setup is the same:
Make sure that the loop-straps are suspended high enough off the floor so that when you’re in the down position of an inverted row, your arms are straight or almost straight.
Golfer’s elbow doesn’t have to keep you from doing inverted rows.
If your gym has a TRX suspension device, you can use this instead of what you normally use for inverted rows.
In fact, some people, even without golfer’s elbow, use suspension straps for inverted rows.
And of course, make sure that feet can be properly positioned; if you normally elevate the feet, hopefully your gym will have a workout stool to use.
The only difference between TRX suspension inverted rows with a non-inflamed tendon and those with golfer’s elbow is just exactly where the hands are at relative to the loop-straps.
Do NOT Grip the Straps
Instead BOTH hands (even if you have golfer’s elbow only on one side) will be inserted through the loops, and the strap will be tugging against the underside of your wrists.
I recommend you NOT face palms away (pronated grip), as this can aggravate golfer’s elbow.
Instead face palms forward. This will also recruit more biceps fibers. A neutral grip may be doable if your golfer’s elbow isn’t that bad.
The last thing you must do, however, is put a protective wrap on your wrists, because the strap against your bare skin will not be tolerable.
TIP: Splint index finger to prevent accidentally gripping with it. The thumb is also barred from gripping.
Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained women and men of all ages for fat loss, muscle building, fitness and improved health.