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Old 02-03-2006, 09:31 AM   #1
Gary Wetherholt
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I have been doing the WOD for about 2 months. Pull-ups have my elbow screaming. Pain when I wake, pain walking around, basically pain all the time. I don't want to stop pull-ups but my elbow pain is only getting worse.I know others must have been confronted with this problem and I would appreciate any suggestion to relieve or eliminated the pain.
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Old 02-03-2006, 11:38 AM   #2
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Well I'm certainly no expert but I can tell you that if you lock your arms at the point of maximum arm extension, the bottom of your routine, that certainly will cause stress on the joints. Try going down in short reps for a while with your elbows still bent a little and see if that helps. That way you are using only your true muscles and not incorporating your joints into the routine also. I'm a big guy and I do pull-ups also. My elbows use to really hurt. When someone more knowlegeable than myself told me to do the same thing and it more sore elbows. Otherwise, if you are doing what I suggested already, then color me clueless.
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Old 02-03-2006, 12:15 PM   #3
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I would suggest just resting for awhile. I climb at least 3 times a week and EVERY climber I've ever met has had what you are explaining happen to them at least once. Just cut down your pullup volume and keep doing the WOD. Many on this forum have suggested doing the WOD less intensely when one is experiencing symptoms of overtraining or injuries.
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Old 02-03-2006, 12:55 PM   #4
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I agree with Jason. Cut back on your PUs but don't quit all together. When you do them, rest more between sets if you have to and/or do less reps per set. You could try doing push-ups with your feet elevated on a chair. This will help to increase your upper body strength with a little more intensity.
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Old 02-03-2006, 01:12 PM   #5
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Lay off the pullups, sub body rows for a while. If you drop the ego (in terms of feeling you have to do any particular exercise) early, it saves a lot of pain and off-time later.

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Old 02-03-2006, 04:30 PM   #6
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Old 02-03-2006, 11:49 PM   #7
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Are you doing pullups with your arms supinated? I find that that tends to torque my elbows more than pronated(arms facing away) grip pups.

I would suggest however that you cease doing pullups altogether for a couple of weeks because tennis elbow has a knack for just getting worse and worse.
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Old 02-04-2006, 12:52 AM   #8
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Google "golfers elbow". It's possible you have this.

I ignored this back in Oct. for a month doing tons of pull ups; Now, in Feb, I'm still not able to do pullups, I'm quite limited in what I can grip, and am still wondering if I'll need surgery.

Don't ignore this. You're possibly damaging the elbow tendons, and they take forever to heal.
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Old 02-04-2006, 04:35 AM   #9
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Massage! Search around for golfer's elbow on this site - many threads like this.

Look here for some info on why, what, and how to massage:


Good luck, and fast recovery,

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Old 02-04-2006, 08:06 AM   #10
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Also, after you're fixed, start doing your pullups on rings, to lessen stress on the elbows.
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