I'm interested in adding some leverage type exercises to my routine to strengthen my wrists at different angles but I'm wondering what options I have with the equipment already at a typical commercial gym.
For leverage wrist exercises I usually see something like a sledgehammer where a small weight on a long handle is used. I'm wondering, however, if it would be safe to use something like one of the fixed weight bars (mine has both the little fixed ez and straight bars) and just picking it up closer to one end and doing the same exercises I would do with a sledge. Just a little concerned because the lightest one is significantly heavier than a sledgehammer, 20lbs I think, compared how most people start with 6-8 on a sledge and wondering if levering a heavier implement like that is a good idea.
My gym also has kettlebells, can these be used for this kind of work?
Has anyone ever used cable machines for leverage work? It seems like they could be really useful because of their ability to create constant resistance across the whole rom instead of mostly at the end horizontal positions.
Finally, as a side question, is it better to start out with static/isometric leverage deadlifts (eg picking a sledgehammer up from parallel) or dynamic leverage movements (eg bringing the sledge from vertical to horizontal and back)? Is one considered more advanced/injury prone?