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Old 03-06-2008, 04:10 PM   #11
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Re: Overhead Press Form Check

My first thought was to widen your grip, as I had a similar issue that sorted itself out with a wider grip. Beyond that I really don't know. Looks like good form to me.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:02 PM   #12
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Jake, this is refreshing to hear. Elbows are pain free tonight. I'll try again tomorrow with a wider grip.
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:03 AM   #13
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Re: Overhead Press Form Check

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Derrick, thank you for your comments.
It was three sets of 5 @ 125 eight weeks ago.

So nothing unusual about my arm position or anything? I was wondering if maybe I need to go wider or something to prevent this pain? Or narrower? Is the elbow path unusual / incorrect?

I just can't believe it started up in my left elbow too with only the bar for weight. I did CrossFit for 14 months without joint pain with most of the WODs as rx'd or near rx'd. I'm so frustrated with this!
get a joint supplement, you can't beat up on your joints for 14 months and expect them to be in superb health. Remember your joints, ligaments and tendants recover and heal slower than muscle.
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:07 AM   #14
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Re: Overhead Press Form Check

Aaron - do you have/use a foam roller?

If you don't have one - get one. EliteFTS.com has really good ones. This is my favourite one:
http://www.flexcart.com/members/elit...d=143&pid=1476 WFS

Foam roll your T-spine (mid back - all the way from neck to low back keeping abs tight) and chances are - that'll fix quite a bit of your elbow issues.
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:08 AM   #15
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Re: Overhead Press Form Check

Leo - I ordered it just now. When I'm at the Oly cert next week you'll have to explain how this is related to my elbow -- I'm very curious.
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:49 AM   #16
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Re: Overhead Press Form Check

Total newb to CF here so the value of my advice may be worth exactly what it costs (nothing in other words)....but naturally that doesn't prevent me from offering my opinion.

Tendonitis is really common in my sport because we use a constant tight grip and our elbows take a deal of abuse. Here are two fixes we commonly use (in addition to the usual ice/heat type treatments) that work for me. Make your hand into a duck bill putting all four fingertips onto your thumb. Then take a thick rubber band (like the ones that come on the stalks of broccoli - you've certainly got a few of those laying around if you eat Zone) and put that around your fingers. Flex your fingers opened and then close them. Repeat until fatigue. I do it when I'm driving around in my car. Also, find someone that can do a good deep muscle massage on your bicep. In some fashion, it releases the tension on that cranky tendon. Before I tried it, I ck'd with my physical therapist and she gave it a thumbs up. It cut my therapy time down a bunch. Anytime I start to feel it act up, I start with the rubber band and generally head it off before it goes anywhere. Maybe one of the med types can better explain it, but the therapist told me it not only strengthens the tendon but helps get it back in alignment.
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:02 AM   #17
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Re: Overhead Press Form Check

I think the idea with that exercise is to balance the extensors of the hand (the "opening" muscles), which basically never get worked, against the gripping muscles we train so often.
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:04 AM   #18
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Carina, thank you. I have the Iron Mind bands of varying resistance for the exercise you mention. I've been using them religiously for the last 3 weeks.
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See you in a week. I'll bring the foam roller with me.
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:26 AM   #20
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Re: Overhead Press Form Check

Aaron,

I believe Robert is correct (tendinitis). Your form is fine. But your body is going through some major changes.

When I push press 275 overhead my elbow's will get sore. Heavy weight increases inflammation at the joint structure.

This will sometimes cause a trigger point to develop.

However, it is an easy fix maintenance wise. I work on my patient's who come to my office with the very thing you describe on a monthly basis. If you lift heavy and grow quickly you will experience pain in the fascia.

Here is link to a basic exercise that will help.

I would ice my elbows (cryotherapy) after every DIP, Bench, Press, Clean type workout. 20 minutes on 10 minutes off for one hour.

Once your fascia adjusts to the new muscle size you will have less issues.

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