Is this harmful for the ellbow?
I noticed that when I'm doing curls and when I fully extend the arm and take the tension of the biceps and let the weight down then I feel something in my ellbow as if there's something moving in the ellbow. It feels strange but I cannot say what it is. Maybe it's a tendon or something in the ellbow. Because of this I ask myself if it's even good to extend the arm completely or if you should always keep tension on the biceps and not extend the arm completely. What do you think? The only problem is see here is that the biceps might become shortened if you never make curls over the full range of motion and when you're always stopping the weight at a certain point without extending the arm completely.
03-01-2007, 02:18 PM #1
When doing curls do you fully extend your arm when you let the weight down?
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You don't have to forcefully extend at the bottom. Just get a good stretch in the biceps then curl back up. Just be careful and feel the muscle. I've had the same happen to me where I recklessly warmed up with light weight and my elbow was naggin me the whole workout."...that's the great virtue of the free market, of the private market. It enables people...who hate one another...who don't speak the same language...who would fight one another if they had the chance, to cooperate economically. We were able to deal with China when China was a communist state. Even though we thought that that was a terrible arrangement, we could still cooperate. And that's what markets enable people to do. They bring freedom with them."
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03-02-2007, 01:37 AM #8
I would recommend not fully extrending your arms at the bottom of a curl (and of course lower your weight under full control). fully extending your arms can lead to hyperextending your elbow/bicep and that can mess up your training for a long time. I know this from personal experiance, as well as discussing it with other lifters I know. I wouldn't extend beyond 10-15 degrees short of full extension.
Also, not letting your arms fully extend keeps constant tension on your biceps.
If you're doing light weight it's not going to be as critical as when going heavy, but it's not a good idea to start any bad habits.
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