A lot of beginners in bodybuilding focus on getting bigger biceps and do not realize that if you want to increase the size of your arms, you need to work on your Tricep Muscles as well. However, this may come with a painful price… Sore Elbows.
The number one problem when doing tricep exercises is dealing with the sore elbows after the workout. This will hinder your process in developing maximum mass and density. So, you should learn how to…
- Prevent Sore Elbows
- Training with Sore Elbows
- Cure Sore Elbows
Prevent Sore Elbows
In order to prevent soreness, you will have to keep your elbows healthy. This means you have to warm them up before every exercise that has the elbows in play.
One trick is to work on your biceps first so the elbows are loose and warm before you start your triceps exercises. Another trick is to do your chest or deltoid exercise first so you will have them warmed up before any strenuous triceps exercise.
Many bodybuilders do light weight with a high rep set before they put on the heavy weights. This will get the blood flowing and the joint loosened up.
Training with Sore Elbows
If you still want to do tricep exercises when your elbows are sore, there are some exercises that have limited elbow stress in the performance. These types of exercises will not cause too much pain nor will they further damage the elbow. These exercises include…
- Close Grip Bench Press and
- Parallel Bar Dips.
Icing your elbows after each triceps exercise will help in lessening the pain the next day.
Cure Sore Elbows
The best way to cure sore elbows is to lay off any exercise that will involve the elbows. This may put you back on your training, but it is better then training through the pain or even worse, having the pain increase. Never push through. Listen to what your body is telling you. Pain is a clear message that something is wrong. If the soreness continues, you will need to see a Doctor.
Food for thought, the Tricep Muscles help in other exercises such as the bench press. So increasing your strength in your triceps will help in your chest development. You are only as strong as your weakest link.