When doing shoulder press, bench, pull/chin ups... do you ever lock your elbows?
I'm experiencing a pain in my elbow and believe the cause may be poor form on my part and locking my elbows.
Thread: Locking Elbows?
03-27-2010, 03:33 PM #1
03-27-2010, 04:46 PM #2
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No, I do not. The only movement I lock-out on are deadlifts at the top. When you lock out on any exercise, you take the weight off of the muscle you are working and placr it on your joints instead. Always stop just shy of locking out with few exceptions.Use the tools of the trade to help you. I use devices such as chalk for grip strength, gloves, wrist straps, lifting belts - if it helps you lift more, it's all good. - Ronnie Coleman, Hardcore, 2007 Triumph Books
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First off, I wouldn't attribute joint pain to locking out necessarily, it is most likely tendonitis.
Generally you shouldn't lock out on most exercises unless you care about your ego but some I would on heavy sets.
Squats - yes only because much more weight can be lifted which IMO is more beneficial
Deads - yes
Shoulder press - no
Bench - no
Pullup - I'm guessing you mean the hang at the bottom with your arms extended fully? If so, yes
Most tri exercises - yes except skulls and overhead extensions
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03-28-2010, 04:40 AM #9
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It is safe to lockout. It is entirely up to you, though. You won't f*ck up your joints. I have been doing so, for years, without any joint problems.
It was discovered in the mid-eighties that your knees, elbows, etc. have special
mechanoreceptors, or sensors, which respond to loading. If you freak at the
thought of putting some weight on your joints, expect your joints to remain weak.
Whenever you attempt a heavy lift, the mechanoreceptors will stop your muscles
from contracting by sending panic signals to your spinal cord. Old timers understood
this well and built what they called ‘ligament strength’ with various heavy
support feats. John Grimek, a legend of American weightlifting and bodybuilding,
used to support up to 1,000 pounds overhead! And lived until around ninety years
old to tell about it.
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