Message from Zyklonius B Gassem-LA in Fitness #lifting
I had a hearty laugh about that one.
Alright so this is the second time in a row that I’ve gone to the gym and it feels as if either a vein or a ligament is pinching in my left elbow
Does anyone know what this might be and how do I fix it
Is it during a specific exercise?
Anything that curls my bicep, and only at full curl
Might be good to just not do that for a week and see how it feels at that point
Yeah I'm just going to relax for awhile, keep it straight. It feels more like a nerve than a muscle
@Cacoethes That used to happen to me when I’d use an easy curl bar. I had to switch to straight bar and dumbbells only.
@Deleted User try massaging it. Also try different variations of curls, and try to switch the placement of your elbow (maybe bring it closer to your body or farther out in front of you to isolate the bicep)
Massaging the elbow tip gives me little jolts down my forearm into my knuckles. 100% a nerve. And yeah next gym sesh I’ll try that. Until then I’ll keep it straight. That makes it feel better
@Deleted User Hammer curls put way less tension on your elbow ligiments.
I have a lot of trouble with my wrists
I can't touch an ez curl bar
At what point is it a good idea to start using a belt for squats?
@Zyklonius B Gassem-LA good question. Someone said to me it's always good, though I haven't gotten to getting it yet. Neither that nor the lifting shoes I should get
I'm getting some Adidas adipowers for Christmas I'm pretty stoked for that. Never worn lifting shoes before
I'm almost up to 300lbs on the squat at 165, I'm not noticing a form deterioration
I love squats.
Also I know this is super novice world stuff, but I've been consistently adding 5kg to my squats every session for about 12 sessions now. I'll try not to get used to it, but it's the thing that's been consistently good for me. My bench on the other hand was disappointing yesterday. I shot for too high an increase, missed it, and then was too shot to even repeat my weight from last time.
I'm following the starting strength program so I'm effectively doing the same thing.
My bench is frustratingly bad. I hate it so much I think about quitting on bench days
I use belt when squatting 80-85% of my max
Otherwise I don't use one because I want my core to strengthen
It's good that I don't always use one because at my first powerlifting meet I was so nervous I forgot to tighten my belt clasp, but made the lift regardless
I'm not quitting it's just frustrating when novices can bench more than you when I've been lifting for about a year.
Shitty ectomorph genetics
In the end you'll be better if you keep going.
Longer arms=longer levers=more force
I understand the frustration though
@Zyklonius B Gassem-LA I use my belt for squats once I get to my body weight or above. It’s a good idea to use it at lower weight to develop the muscle memory
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