Pain in my elbow when doing triceps exercises.

  • MCodyGetch88

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    Sep 03, 2014 5:10 PM GMT
    When ever I am doing any triceps exercises I get this "clicking" feeling in the back of my elbow and it feels uncomfortable and almost painful. I have heard others say this happens to them so they just avoid doing triceps however I would like to build my triceps and was wondering if any had this same problem whom knew what it is from and could suggest other exercises...
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 03, 2014 5:30 PM GMT
    Not sure it is exactly the same thing but yes, I got what what is often called "tennis elbow" from doing pec dec repetitions. Try getting one of the support bands that is about 3/4 inch wide and long enough to wrap around your arm just below the elbow. I got mine at a pharmacy and it attached with velcro and was not flexible. Wrap it comfortably tight while your arm is at rest. You'll feel the muscle (or is it the tendon?) push against it when you flex the muscle. Helped tremendously and the pain was immediately reduced and went away in just a couple of weeks. Hope this helps!
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    Sep 03, 2014 6:31 PM GMT
    I have been dealing with similar issues when doing triceps work. One of the things that I've found helps me is to always start with a neutral movement where my elbows are not forced into a fixed plane, such as a rope triceps pushdown. Once I get several good warmup sets in, I can move on to more fixed movements like close grip bench press, etc. I've also been doing a lot more triceps stretching, especially after arm workouts and anytime I'm pressing (chest/shoulder days).
  • FRE0

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    Sep 03, 2014 6:52 PM GMT
    I've had the same problem with both biceps and triceps exercises and with chin-ups, but have found a solution that almost eliminates the problem.

    Although one might not expect it, how the wrists are rotated has a considerable effect on the elbows. The wrists can be rotated so the palms face the body, face away from the body, face each other, or in intermediate positions. Having the palms face the body or face away from the body can cause elbow problems.

    When doing exercises that load my elbows, I do them in such a way that my palms face each other. If I don't do them that way, my elbows quickly act up. Thus, for curls, I use dumbbells rotated in such a way that my palms face each other. For triceps, I use machines which have my palms facing each other. For chin ups, I do not use a straight horizontal bar since that would require my palms to be towards me or away from me which would cause elbow problems. Instead, I use a fixture that enables me to do chin-ups with my palms facing each other.

    This seems to be a very common problem.
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    Sep 03, 2014 8:07 PM GMT
    Me too. To get through pain-free I stretch the tri's between sets, wear a long sleeve t-shirt to keep the muscles warm, and carefully choose exercises. The rope works well for push downs and overhead. When using a small bar and cable for pushdowns it works best (at least for me) for palms to face up (reverse grip). When doing dips of any kind, I find it works best if palms are facing toward me -- though this can be difficult to negotiate as equipment really is not set up for this position.

    Basically you just have to experiment until you find what works for you.
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    Sep 03, 2014 8:07 PM GMT
    Tennis elbow is relatively common. I've had it myself, but it is not that difficult to get rid of. Just don't ignore it and hope it will go away without remedial action. Google 'tennis elbow exercises'. Like Destinharbor, I've also found arm straps very helpful. Just make sure you position them properly at the top of your forearm, just below the elbow joint.

    You may think it is only a weight training problem, but it can also occur from holding a computer mouse for long periods, using a screwdriver, using a large paintbrush or any extended, ahem, gripping and twisting action with the hand.
  • BlackCoach

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    Sep 03, 2014 9:04 PM GMT
    Get a massage or watch this self massage video.


    www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_x1WlefJCs

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    Sep 03, 2014 9:35 PM GMT
    This is a timely thread for me, as I'm dealing with this in my left arm. Good suggestions, guys. I'm gonna try the arm support band, and also experiment with different palm orientations -- particularly where tricep work is concerned.
  • madsexy

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    Sep 03, 2014 10:59 PM GMT
    The support bands are awesome whenever I go into the 'tennis elbow' cycle - and also careful positioning of your wrists will ease the strain while exercising. But the best advice is above - do NOT ignore it - it won't go away on its own and will only get worse. I found that out the hard way the first time I had it. icon_evil.gif
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    Sep 04, 2014 3:11 AM GMT
    I would say change the type of tricep exercises you are doing. Find ones that don't hurt that area.

    Most likely an exercise you were doing aggravated it.
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    Sep 04, 2014 3:57 AM GMT
    Believe it or not I'm normally a pretty soft, gentle, easy going, "get run over by other people, kind of guy." But even I have one reaction to your post my gay brother: Get over it! Are you kidding me? The most pressing thing in your life that you could post to other gay guys who are getting beat up, robbed, mistreated, hated, disowned by their families, etc. is that your elbow hurts when you go to your gym to work out! Dear Lord! It really is true what most poor people are saying now: there are only two classes of people in America the rich and the poor. There is no more middle class or those who could work and get in to the middle class. We are now the old Soviet Union but our new television and social media keeps us mentally drugged and in a fantasy world that tells you that your reality you are currently experiencing is not true. Okay, sorry guy, you are just asking a simple question here about your health and I went in to a rant, lol. My advice to you, because I've been an athlete most of my life too, is to just become familiar with soaking your joints in warm salt water. Every day that you grow older and are athletic you will find this advice helpful to you, trust me.
  • NYCjock

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    Sep 04, 2014 4:14 AM GMT
    there are soooo many different exercises one can do for building great-looking triceps. Not all exercises will result is this description you report. So, just find exercises that work comfortably and focus on them. As you build your triceps, your "clicking" problem will most likely self-correct - allowing you to do other triceps exercises reaching your tricep goals quicker.
  • fitartistsf

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    Sep 04, 2014 6:25 AM GMT
    declansloan saidBelieve it or not I'm normally a pretty soft, gentle, easy going, "get run over by other people, kind of guy." But even I have one reaction to your post my gay brother: Get over it! Are you kidding me? The most pressing thing in your life that you could post to other gay guys who are getting beat up, robbed, mistreated, hated, disowned by their families, etc. is that your elbow hurts when you go to your gym to work out! Dear Lord! It really is true what most poor people are saying now: there are only two classes of people in America the rich and the poor. There is no more middle class or those who could work and get in to the middle class. We are now the old Soviet Union but our new television and social media keeps us mentally drugged and in a fantasy world that tells you that your reality you are currently experiencing is not true. Okay, sorry guy, you are just asking a simple question here about your health and I went in to a rant, lol. My advice to you, because I've been an athlete most of my life too, is to just become familiar with soaking your joints in warm salt water. Every day that you grow older and are athletic you will find this advice helpful to you, trust me.


    Dude, back off… As the title of this site says real jock, this is a sports related gay site. Duh... His quest for an answer to his injury, is very timely. Yes, there are threads about politics, relationships, and everything else that you've mentioned, but back off... He's directly on target in finding an answer. YOU need to go to another site that deals with what you're bitching about.... Geez, what a douche…
  • twentyfourhou...

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    Sep 04, 2014 1:54 PM GMT
    I had a very similar problem, actually it still becomes an issue every now and then. SF79's approach works for me as well. I would follow his advice.
  • FRE0

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    Sep 04, 2014 6:32 PM GMT
    Nivek saidMe too. To get through pain-free I stretch the tri's between sets, wear a long sleeve t-shirt to keep the muscles warm, and carefully choose exercises. The rope works well for push downs and overhead. When using a small bar and cable for pushdowns it works best (at least for me) for palms to face up (reverse grip). When doing dips of any kind, I find it works best if palms are facing toward me -- though this can be difficult to negotiate as equipment really is not set up for this position.

    Basically you just have to experiment until you find what works for you.


    Right; it helps to experiment. What works for one guy may not work for another guy. I haven't had trouble with my muscles; it's my joints that create problems if I don't do things just right.
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    Sep 04, 2014 11:02 PM GMT
    fitartistsf saidDude, back off… As the title of this site says real jock, this is a sports related gay site. Duh... His quest for an answer to his injury, is very timely.…

    +1
  • xBEHEMOTHx

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    Sep 04, 2014 11:25 PM GMT
    I had the same problem.. but its stopped now.. I think I was going too heavy before I was ready
  • madsexy

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    Sep 05, 2014 12:40 AM GMT
    fitartistsf said
    declansloan saidBelieve it or not I'm normally a pretty soft, gentle, easy going, "get run over by other people, kind of guy." But even I have one reaction to your post my gay brother: Get over it! Are you kidding me? The most pressing thing in your life that you could post to other gay guys who are getting beat up, robbed, mistreated, hated, disowned by their families, etc. is that your elbow hurts when you go to your gym to work out! Dear Lord! It really is true what most poor people are saying now: there are only two classes of people in America the rich and the poor. There is no more middle class or those who could work and get in to the middle class. We are now the old Soviet Union but our new television and social media keeps us mentally drugged and in a fantasy world that tells you that your reality you are currently experiencing is not true. Okay, sorry guy, you are just asking a simple question here about your health and I went in to a rant, lol. My advice to you, because I've been an athlete most of my life too, is to just become familiar with soaking your joints in warm salt water. Every day that you grow older and are athletic you will find this advice helpful to you, trust me.


    Dude, back off… As the title of this site says real jock, this is a sports related gay site. Duh... His quest for an answer to his injury, is very timely. Yes, there are threads about politics, relationships, and everything else that you've mentioned, but back off... He's directly on target in finding an answer. YOU need to go to another site that deals with what you're bitching about.... Geez, what a douche…

    +3! JESUS why do we always get all over people?!?!?!
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    Sep 05, 2014 2:55 PM GMT
    MCodyGetch88 saidWhen ever I am doing any triceps exercises I get this "clicking" feeling in the back of my elbow and it feels uncomfortable and almost painful. I have heard others say this happens to them so they just avoid doing triceps however I would like to build my triceps and was wondering if any had this same problem whom knew what it is from and could suggest other exercises...


    i kind of have that in my left elbow and, initially some accompanying pain, but i mostly stopped both by backing off the weight and working back up slower (since i'm new to this). it's much less bothersome now. you might try doing lots of reps of light weight to strengthen the joint a bit.
  • waccamatt

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    Sep 05, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
    http://youtu.be/X8ZKIm0DrKY

    Doctor, it hurts when I do this.
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    Sep 10, 2014 2:54 AM GMT
    Over extending