The simple approach seems best.
My main problem with tricep training is the fact that I can’t do any type of extension without horrible elbow pain. This has been around from long before I started lifting or benching or doing pushups- it’s kind of a mystery.
I’ve had ART done before but it was only temporary relief. No pressing or pushing exercise that I’ve tried yet has given me any, so I need to experiment and see what I can do that is mainly triceps but doesn’t aggravate it or is taken over by shoulders/chest.
Sounds like you should take steps to fix/improve the elbows.
I’d get a deep tissue massage and then some more ART and look up some of the elbow pain threads .My elbows aren’t great either, I’ve found rope pressdowns to be the easiest on them.
Also whatever you do stretch the tris a ton after pressing days
If it started long before his training career (the same is the case for me), then nothing will make it go away…
It doesn’t bother me whatsoever unless I actually do certain kinds of extensions… So it’s no big deal.
Individual structure, tendon length or whatever I guess.
These issues can sometime come from childhood from stuff like falling off a tree -knots and tweaks in the muscle and joints stay dormant and only arise when excercised in very specific ways.
If extensions give him “horrible pain” personally I would say that’s a warning sign and with time and bigger weights this will eventually start to manifest itself in other lifts.
Saying that it could just be part of his inherant strucure like you say, and nothing to worry about[/quote]
Well, I was mainly giving you my perspective since I have the (probably) same issue on both elbows with no tendonitis or some such present, it’s just been that way since the beginning.
And to this day it hasn’t given me trouble on any other lifts… And neither have I been able to get rid of it.
Oh well… Interestingly, some extension-movements don’t cause me pain usually. PJR pullover+extensions are one, as are EZ extensions where you lay down on the bench and lower the bar behind your head (as long as I stay in the 8+ rep ranges). Scott Extensions also work just fine…
Now if he were to try those and find that they give him pain, then at least we’d know that his issue is different/more severe than mine.
There are several other people on this forum with the same problem, btw, none of it tendonitis-related it seems.