New to gym workout, elbows hurt
By - Jokerpok
Sounds like “tennis elbow.” I’m currently dealing with “golfer’s elbow”, which is similar but on the inside of the elbow. Look up tennis elbow and there should be some simple tests you can do to determine if that’s what you have. If so, I’m sure Jeff has a video on how to treat it as well as how to prevent it.
A lot of times issues are caused by something happening at the next joint, either above or below the problem area. So it’s likely either something with your shoulders or your wrist/hands that’s causing the elbow issue. I got my golfer’s elbow by having a poor grip on the bar, relying too much on my fingers. That caused an overload on the tendon running from my fingers to my elbow and ultimately caused elbow pain.
Yes, when I was starting out my grip strength on deadlifts wasn't firm enough and my fingers started to open. Didn't pay much attention at first, then the dull ache started and I assumed it was just exercise related. Once the pain was enough to decide it was wrong the damage had been done and took me four months to get over it.
Same here. I’m hoping I caught it early enough that it’ll only take a week or two, but I’ve read recovery can also take several months if you keep trying to push through it. I’ve found some rehab exercises on YouTube that I’m currently doing, and they seem to be helping. Injuries suck, it’s no fun starting a new program and then a few weeks in when you really start gaining momentum you have to take time off to recover from an injury.
Hopefully the OP caught it early enough that there’s no serious problems and they can find what’s causing it, whether just bad form or something else, and make adjustments to prevent it from happening going forward.
Yes, a big part is just knowing about the importance of stopping/adapting and not letting your ego get in the way chasing bigger numbers, especially when progress is so good.
Hope it clears up quickly for both of you!
Buy one of these and ring out those muscles every day. This has been an absolutely critical piece of my “mystery elbow/forearm pain”
might be tennis elbow which is caused by either a weakness in the forearm or an unstable shoulder. I had to look it up for myself a few weeks ago. Just make sure to warm up your body, esp above and below the joint which is giving you grief. Jeff has a few videos on this.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is the kind that happens the day after you dive into your first barre class, first run in a few months, or first time trying out weights. And though it can feel like you can barely move, when worst comes to worst you can straighten your arms if need be.
Such pain is never normal. Its always a sign that either you went heavier than you should have and/or your technique was or is lacking. If possible either film yourself doing the exercise or have someone who is (best case) knowledgeable in this area to analyse. Maybe even both.
It seems redundant but this is crucial when you start out since this pattern will solidify and, if your movements are wrong, will cause even more damage in the long run.