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Arms Going Numb


#1

i have a problem with my arms while squatting. for some reason when i squat they go numb about halfway through the set. at the end of the set i cant even move my fingers for a few seconds but the blood comes back okay for my next set. it is really fucking annoying and i figure i am gripping the bar or doing something in a fucked up way. any ideas as to the cause?


#2

One of my clients used to have that happen with barbell lunges, when I told him to try placing the barbell lower (or higher, it was a while ago) on his traps the problem went away.


#3

happens to me too, i dont know why.

my doctor said it could be a pinched nerve but why would a pinched nerve cause feeling to slowly disipate rather than immediately?

im more inclined to believe it has to do with poor circulation than nerves though. it happens when i walk home from the T too cause i have my bag on.


#4

your grip is probably too close.


#5

It’s your ulnar nerve.


#6

[quote]ewlyon wrote:
i have a problem with my arms while squatting. for some reason when i squat they go numb about halfway through the set. at the end of the set i cant even move my fingers for a few seconds but the blood comes back okay for my next set. it is really fucking annoying and i figure i am gripping the bar or doing something in a fucked up way. any ideas as to the cause?[/quote]

How much weight are you using and how low is the bar resting on your shoulders?

Also, what sort of a rep range are you using?

All the above could be contributing factors…


#7

[quote]slimthugger wrote:
It’s your ulnar nerve.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulnar_nerve [/quote]

well, fuck me.