Bicep Pains When Straightening Arms

  • Littlebear777

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    Jan 15, 2016 12:22 AM GMT
    Hey everyone! I'm still pretty new to the site and just picked up on weight training. I have a pair of 15 pound weights and have been practicing with them so far for the past 3 days, and all those days my biceps have been really really sore. I know this is normal, but I was curious since when I try to straighten out my arms, they hurt even more. Should I stretch and keep trying to straighten my arms to get used to the strain? Or let them recover over time and not stretch them past the pain?
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    Jan 15, 2016 1:56 AM GMT
    You need to stretch, and you need to give your muscles time to rest. Like, a day or so. In that rest day you can just work a different muscle group. This site has tons of advice.
  • Littlebear777

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    Jan 15, 2016 2:15 AM GMT
    Thanks! I do try doing lots of sit ups to work out my stomach and go biking to help my legs.
  • badbug

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    Jan 15, 2016 9:45 AM GMT


    Just google bodybuilding for beginners. Read 3 or 4 articles. The information is out there, just approach it like you're studying for a test.

    As a general rule, if you're sore you don't exercise that muscle until it isn't sore anymore. If you are having trouble moving your arms, you way over did it.

    Good luck and keep at it. Once you get the right information, you can make some really big changes if you stick with it.
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    Jan 16, 2016 10:54 AM GMT
    badbug said

    Just google bodybuilding for beginners. Read 3 or 4 articles. The information is out there, just approach it like you're studying for a test.

    As a general rule, if you're sore you don't exercise that muscle until it isn't sore anymore. If you are having trouble moving your arms, you way over did it.

    Good luck and keep at it. Once you get the right information, you can make some really big changes if you stick with it.
    I used to have the "don't workout sore muscles" mindset, until I realized that walking helps with sore legs. Now when other muscles are sore, I lightly work them at about the same intensity as walking. Works like a charm!
  • badbug

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    Jan 17, 2016 1:39 AM GMT

    I am curious as to how you avoided walking when you had sore legs?! icon_eek.gif


  • grnranger99

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    Jan 17, 2016 1:29 PM GMT
    The problem is in your shoulders. I'm guessing you spend a lot of time on your phone or tablet? Go find a message therapist to work those knots out of your shoulders and you'll see and feel the diferrance
  • Triggerman

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    Jan 20, 2016 6:45 AM GMT
    You are most likely hyper extending your elbows. The tendons and ligaments are at their weakest and most vulnerable when you completely straighten out your arm. Causes joint pain and arm pain. When doing a bicep exercise, take curl for example, stop way short of straightening out your arms. That puts huge strain on the tendons which are what connect the bicep to the forearm. I know. I had one rip off the bone in a totally unrelated situation. And going that far out does nothing for the bicep anyway.

    Do a curl properly. Go down to about twenty degrees or 5 inches away from fully extended. Then curl back up. The bicep does all the work and the tendons and a few ligaments don't get damaged. And, your biceps work harder under the time under tension rule.

    Hope that helps.

    Trig
  • Littlebear777

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    Jan 30, 2016 2:28 AM GMT
    ^^ Thanks for all the advice guys! It really did help, my arms no longer get painfully sore and I can lift the weights MUCH easier now and am getting used to them!