How long have you been doing the skull-crushers or pushdowns? Reason I ask is that when I started out, my elbows, or rather the insertion points for my tricesps were a little painful during the exercise but as they got stronger the pain subsided to very minimal. Pushdowns don’t bother me at all now.
Another thing, rope pushdowns are more painful to my elbows than straight or angled bar for pushdowns. You might try some different implements when doing pushdowns to alleviate some of the pains as you get stronger.[/quote]
I’ve been pushdowns for a few months and the rope was definitely the worst.
I’ll try the slightly angled bar later. My elbow clicks no matter what, but it doesn’t seem to hurt much after those.
I tried the floor db presses and JM barbell presses today as part of my workout. I think that I might have gotten into position in a terrible way when doing the floor db presses because my left shoulder (which is fine) started hurting. I think I just fatigued the muscles in my RC. I was having trouble lifting my arm for about an hour and it’s getting better now.
I think I’m going to do pushdowns with the bar and floor presses as two movements. I tried the PJR’s today as well and I felt awkward getting into position and they bothered my elbow a bit as well, not sure what gives. I think I’ll be in a better position to evaluate after thanksgiving when I’ve taken a few days off and things have a chance to recover.
Interesting point about the insertions hurting, I hadn’t thought of that. Though when I get pain it’s usually accompanied by a clicking or rubbing sensation in my elbow, so it’s probably not that. I’ll keep an eye on it and try some unilateral pulldowns with some of the 1 hand attachments that rotate so I can keep a neutral wrist angle.
I’ll report back in a few weeks to a month or so once I’ve given my body some time to figure out how to do things.
I hit tris 2x a week and do 2 exercises each of those sessions. They come after a chest or shoulders workout. I don’t care if I do the 2 same workouts or use 2 different workouts or what have you for the duration. I might also start hitting tris only once a week if my elbow’s giving me grief. I’m sure they get hit a ton during chest and shoulder exercises…
Regardless, I think this is an important topic and I’d like to see this discussion continue. Thanks!