Matt Z wrote:
PS.) Just out of curriosity, how often do you train back and biceps, and how many sets/reps do you perform per workout? I ask because often injurys like the one you're describing are related to overtraining.
Well, I believe the initial injury was caused due to a repetitive strain from work. However, when the injury did first appear, I was training Bi's about 3 times a week. Preacher curls only. 3 sets of 12 reps.
Now, however, over the last year, I've ramped it up a bit. Back and biceps I train about twice a week. I use the abcXabc routine. Let's say A is back and chest, C is shoulders and arms. I start with a warm-up set at 50% of my set 2 weight. Set 1: I'm doing max weight till failure at around 12-15 reps, while the second set is set 1 weight +5 - 10%.
The above I was doing for a while, until the pain started getting acute. Now however, over the last little while, I have been doing 3 sets of curls with dumb bells, 15 pounds, till failure (around 45-50 reps). 1st set is a warm-up of 15 with a 10 lbs. of weight. This may be the problem creating the clicking and grinding, but it alleviates the pain in the inner elbow. Now though with the two problems, I don't have many options available to me, except to keep off the weights.
I plan on continuing using Cardio, especially Yourself! Fitness for core work, but I'm concerned now about losing mass. It's rather disconcerting. Seems like everytime I get really close to my goals, I hit a snag such as injury or somesuch. Damn.
As you can see, I don't think I have overtrained, especially, since I haven't targeted my Bi's with heavy weights for a while... Still... What do you think?