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Offline Mark E

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Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
« on: April 20, 2012, 12:21:49 PM »
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  • I recently added pull ups and chin ups to my wimpy exercise routine and I have begun to experience pain around my elbow. Not when I am exersising but during the day when I reach for something in the fridge or if I lift something of the ground.

    Does anyone have experiance with this or have any suggestions for exersising paddling muscles without causing damage to my aging body.
    "Take care of your knees, you'll miss them when they are gone"

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    Re: Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
    « Reply #1 on: April 20, 2012, 12:24:24 PM »
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  • Call Dr. James Andrews for Tommy John surgery. Should be back on the mound within 12 months.


    But seriously—I've found that when I go on surf trips, I'll start to feel some pain in my elbows if i surf for 4-5 hours for 3 days straight. Wonder if that's some sort of tendenitis or flare up. I do do a lot of pull-ups as well, always have.
    « Last Edit: April 20, 2012, 12:29:39 PM by fulltilt720 »

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    Re: Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
    « Reply #2 on: April 20, 2012, 12:51:19 PM »
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  • I recently added pull ups and chin ups to my wimpy exercise routine and I have begun to experience pain around my elbow. Not when I am exersising but during the day when I reach for something in the fridge or if I lift something of the ground.

    Does anyone have experiance with this or have any suggestions for exersising paddling muscles without causing damage to my aging body.


    Is the pail on the inside or outside of your elbows? Does it feel like muscle pain or joint pain? When I first started doing pull ups I couldnt extent my arms at times because they were so sore. Went away in a couple of days.

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    Re: Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
    « Reply #3 on: April 20, 2012, 01:54:47 PM »
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  • I went to my orthopedist yesterday for various pains and he said, "you're surfing and training and you expect to be pain free at your age?" What joint of mine doesn't have pain. I think any serious training routine is going to be painful and the question is how much. Pull ups are no joke. I know some people swear by them, but They're too much for my shoulders. I do like the machine that you kneel on and it takes some weight off the pull up.
    « Last Edit: April 20, 2012, 02:26:00 PM by The Lone Surfer »

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    Re: Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
    « Reply #4 on: April 20, 2012, 02:11:50 PM »
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    I recently added pull ups and chin ups to my wimpy exercise routine and I have begun to experience pain around my elbow. Not when I am exersising but during the day when I reach for something in the fridge or if I lift something of the ground.

    Does anyone have experiance with this or have any suggestions for exersising paddling muscles without causing damage to my aging body.


    Is the pail on the inside or outside of your elbows? Does it feel like muscle pain or joint pain? When I first started doing pull ups I couldnt extent my arms at times because they were so sore. Went away in a couple of days.

    Feels like joint pain. It's sharp and only when I extend my arm a particular way.

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    Re: Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
    « Reply #5 on: April 20, 2012, 02:27:55 PM »
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  • You're hanging a lot of weight on those joints, which are probably already compromised by years of use. I would alter your routine. See if you can work similar muscles in a different way. Then work up to pull ups.

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    Re: Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
    « Reply #6 on: April 20, 2012, 02:54:14 PM »
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  • I do a lot of pull ups in diff grips 3 x a week 5-6 sets of 15-20 reps depending on how I feel . One day out of the three I hang a kettle bell off a belt and do 5 sets of 5  , that being said I don't have the pain you describe so I would either quit pull ups or do them chair assisted .
    One other routine that I find really helps the paddling muscle groups is speed bag / heavy bag work .
    I first saw this as a viable surfing exercise when former ASP champ from back in the day Damian Hardman did it .
    To try the chair assist just position a chair within reach of you legs and assist your self with them

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    Re: Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
    « Reply #7 on: April 20, 2012, 02:59:34 PM »
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  • Another option is either purchasing or making a TRX set up and doing rows and using your own body weight and angle of your body to alter the " vector " resistance . I incorporate this in my 3 back days I do every 8 day cycle .
    You can find on YouTube a home job TRX set up you can make for 20$ or find them on CL for about 100 . Great tool for anywhere to get a good total body low impact on joints workout for those not looking to be huge

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    Re: Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
    « Reply #8 on: April 20, 2012, 03:22:33 PM »
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  • I was doing 2 sets of 15 chin ups and then ten pull ups followed by 5 pull ups. I only weight 140 Lbs so I didn't think it was to much. I am also doing one set of 40 push ups and I am thinking that could also be the culprit.



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    Re: Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
    « Reply #9 on: April 20, 2012, 03:58:31 PM »
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  • I actually find bench pressing less bothersome than push ups to get some of those pop-up muscles working. As for paddling, one of the things I do is lay stomach down on a swiss ball, hold some dumbbells and do sets in various locations--in front of head, to side, arms facing toward feet. This is also a really good excercise to balance out all the chest development. Of course, you can't beat swimming.

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    Re: Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
    « Reply #10 on: April 20, 2012, 04:28:30 PM »
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  • When doing push ups, make sure you keep your elbows close to your body. That will put less strain on them and your triceps and core will be doing most of the work

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    Re: Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
    « Reply #11 on: April 23, 2012, 09:23:38 PM »
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  • Definitely tendonitis, inner elbow is golfers elbow outer it tennis elbow.


    REST it and Ice it. Dont do any pulling movements till its gone, or suffer the consequences like me. Pain that never goes away. I dont have the luxury of surgery.

    Massage the area with an ice cube a couple times a day 5-10 min

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    Re: Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
    « Reply #12 on: April 24, 2012, 05:50:00 AM »
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  • The pain sounds like tennis elbow. My doctor gave me a cortisone shot and physical therapy. This consisted of using a hand bike and various rubber band stretching exercisises, followed by 20min of electric stimulation therapy.
    So heavy you can't even pick it up.

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    Re: Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
    « Reply #13 on: April 25, 2012, 08:55:27 PM »
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  • making cabinets isnt gonna help that at all...how many 3/4 x 4 x 8 sheet goods you lifting every day?
    ‘closed mouth don’t catch any foot.’

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    Re: Pull ups, chin ups and elbow pain
    « Reply #14 on: May 02, 2012, 09:03:04 AM »
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  • making cabinets isnt gonna help that at all...how many 3/4 x 4 x 8 sheet goods you lifting every day?


    You are right about that, i just loaded in 10 sheets of 3/4" Baltic birch. My elbows didn't like it one bit.
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