Progress problem

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    Nov 25, 2009 11:19 PM GMT
    Hi there, I've got a problem with working out with heavy lifts and I was wondering if anyone here had the same and managed to overcome it. I started gym training (a serious one, because earlier I went to a gym sporadically, but with no particular plan or goals) about two months ago. I've noticed that with heavy weights I don't feel much in my muscles, only in wrists and elbows. I feel like the muscles don't work at all because the wrists and elbows give up too early. After the workout I can't even feel I'm tired and the progress is almost none. Is there any way to fight it? I don't have this problem with legs, only arms.
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    Dec 05, 2009 2:41 PM GMT
    Do you warm up first?
    What amounts of weight are you doing? Are you using weight suggested by a particular beginners program or from working with a more experienced weight trainer or personal trainer?
    It's really important to take good care of your wrists and elbows ( and all your joints) they can be very slow to repair sometimes.
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    Dec 05, 2009 2:46 PM GMT
    Yep I have the same problem. Maybe coz my joints are a bit weaker. My instructor has advised to progress slowly using incremental weights. Instead of going for heavy weights in first or second go, keep them for third and fourth repetition. Make sure your joints are not over stressed, it will take time and patience but will be helpful in long run.
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    Dec 05, 2009 3:00 PM GMT
    Sounds like you are lifting weights that are too heavy for you at this time. I always try to check that my form is intact whenever I lift weights. If I see that I can't maintain the correct posture/form that usually means that the weight/resistance is too much.

    Enjoy your work outs!
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    Dec 05, 2009 7:25 PM GMT
    Three things helped me....lots of push ups, pull ups, and I stopped using weight lifting gloves so my grip strength improved dramatically. Just be mindful of what your body is telling you.
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    Dec 05, 2009 7:37 PM GMT
    jawrhed saidDo you warm up first?
    What amounts of weight are you doing? Are you using weight suggested by a particular beginners program or from working with a more experienced weight trainer or personal trainer?
    It's really important to take good care of your wrists and elbows ( and all your joints) they can be very slow to repair sometimes.



    I do warm up, and the weight was suggested by a personal trainer, only I had to make it lighter because the amount he suggested was rather science-fiction for me. He didn't give me any particular advice on the subject, though, and besides, I wanted to hear from someone who had the same problem.
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    Dec 17, 2009 2:26 AM GMT
    I, too, have had that problem on a couple of exercises. The problem was mostly my finger strength and the discomfort of the bar on my hands. In contrast to Runninchlt, I put on weight gloves for the exercises (I can't name them because I only know them in German) and that helped. Also, I only do them with my trainer... my solo workout plan (also developed by the PT) uses other exercises for those muscle groups.