TIGHT FOREARMS FROM LIFTING?

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    May 08, 2012 11:28 PM GMT
    Okay, let's get the dirty joke out of the way....i know you're all gonna make reference to jerking off so let's get that out of the way now....jerking off.

    Now that the joke is over, what I wanted to ask was does anyone else get tight/sore forearms from lifting? I've rested more, iced, physio etc and they still flare up and tighten when I lift. Does this happen to anyone else? If so, what do u do about it?
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    May 08, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    It eventually goes away as do other lifting related pains in muscle building. If it bothers you too much now ("flare up") you might want to consider lifting lighter or less.
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    May 08, 2012 11:53 PM GMT
    lol jacking off
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    May 09, 2012 12:20 AM GMT
    I thought tight forearms meant you're lifting right.
    My forearms have gotten quite thick from all the weight training I've been doing, and they do feel tight after a session. It never bothered me though.
    Try stretching after then a hot shower. Helps loosen up tight muscles.
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    May 09, 2012 12:21 AM GMT
    And while you're in the shower, jerk off. Lol! icon_wink.gif
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    May 09, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said And while you're in the shower, jerk off. Lol! icon_wink.gif


    lol thx. the area im talking about is more closer to the bend of the elbow. i think it's called the puronator muscle. the pain is at the point of where the bend of your arm is.
  • Coug24_wyo

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    May 09, 2012 12:32 AM GMT
    Yes, almost unbearably bad as of late! I think since I've increased my weights that perhaps my wrists/forearms aren't capable of the heavier weights because boy do they ache this week!
  • Splendidus_1

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    May 09, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    No no .. you guys got it all wrong.

    You must j/o, record it, AND upload it - trust me, I know a friend of a third degree cousin of mine who's a doctor.

    But seriously .. I believe that you haven't been playing volleyball, right? 'Cause I remember how sore they became at the beggining, until you gain resistance on that area.
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    May 09, 2012 1:29 AM GMT
    Try taming anti-inflammatories before working out eg. Ibuprofen. Also, topical anti-inflammatory creams and gels.

    I believe the issue is that your forearms are playing a huge secondary role while listing, and need to catch up with your larger muscle groups. I have this problem myself...
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    May 09, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    Here's a real answer from someone who (probably) knows what he is talking about. I'm an Exercise Science major in college and have actually had a similar problem.

    The pain might* be caused by tight extensor muscles. This seems counter intuitive but it's caused by the way your forearm muscles (flexors and extensors) work when they attempt to produce grip strength (like when you squeeze bars and dumbbels, etc. while you weight train).

    *Might because this is a very common problem but obviously one can not diagnose with certainty.

    Watch this video from a well known and respected Physical Therapist and Personal Trainer from California. If something he talks about doesn't make sense, just watch some of the other videos (365!).

    http://www.mobilitywod.com/2011/07/episode-291365-elbow-pain-and-grody-tacked-down-forearms.html
  • NOVRDRV

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    May 09, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
    Totally normal. If you have consistent pain close to your elbow, you may be over doing it. Lay off the pressing exercises for a while, or find alternatives. I had this problem once. It's better to take some time off to let it heal, than get an overuse injury.

    Also, ever consider isolating your forearms? Bulk them up, get them strong, and they won't get so overwhelmed when you do other lifts.
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    May 09, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    I get a tightness in forearms from exercises like deadlifts and barbell rows. If a stretch immediately my workout the tightness will pass.
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    May 09, 2012 5:09 AM GMT
    I take amino acid while I lift or after and I rarely get sore.
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    May 09, 2012 8:24 AM GMT
    This was a great question. My left forearm will get really sore and it will last much longer than the soreness of, say, my bicep or shoulder workout. I thought it was normal and have been pushing past it, but I have also wondered.

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    May 10, 2012 7:10 PM GMT
    My forearms always KILL me when it comes to arm day. What's funny is, guys always compliment my forearms -- they think they're so hot, but I never work them out... it's very odd to me.

    I dated a guy who, at the time, was studying to become a trainer, and he said it must be because I have bad form. But I'm pretty careful and I had a trainer for a few months when I first started lifting in my 20's, so I'm not sure if that's it. Even sometimes just gripping a weight over 25lb to carry to my bench I can feel them tighten up.

    I always do extensive stretching before and after but... when it comes to an intense day of arms, about halfway through they can be so tight I can't finish my workout with the heavy weights I was intending.

    Would strengthening the forearms individually help this, or make it worse?
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    May 17, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    I use fatgripz and after starting with them I felt the same way. They help build forearm strength but as they do, they get quite sore. So I know what you're talking about. You can stretch the forearms. Search "forearm stretches" if you haven't already.
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    May 17, 2012 4:38 PM GMT
    Try focusing on different fingers gripping the weights during your sets.

    For me, when I do curls, I naturally have a tendency to grip tighter with my thumb/pointer/middle fingers. Afterwards, the same muscles that you are having issues with, hurt/cramp for me. I started focusing more of my grip on my middle/ring/pinky fingers, and it has helped prevent the soreness/cramping substantially.
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    May 17, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
    Wrap a Velcro-Spandex strap around your forearms just below your biceps insertion. Moderately tight (not strangling) while doing curls, etc. Release between sets.

    Within a few weeks the pain should go away. This strap prevents you from recruiting your forearms during the curl exercise. They are obviously inflamed from overuse and the pressure is irritating nerves near there.

    Also 2 tablets of aspirin or ibuprofen an hour-and-a-half before your workout will help contain the inflammation.
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    May 17, 2012 5:05 PM GMT
    Fish oil is a great supplement that has a number of benefits. One is that it's an anti-inflammatory. Get a bottle of Carlson's and take 4 teaspoons a day for a few days and see if that helps.
  • allatonce

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    May 17, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidlol jacking off


    Hehehe
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    May 17, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    I'd suggest 1) stretch your forearms before lifting & 2) work-out your forearms independently [to increase thier strenght]. Hope you feel better.
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    May 17, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    Have someone else jack you off, then your forearms won't get sore.

    Wait, what was the question?