Haven't posted in a while, but I have been reading/lurking. Anyways, figured I'd stop being a recluse and ask a question or two.
1) I recently purchased a pair of Fatgripz. Does anyone have some good advice on how to use them? I don't do many isolation exercises in my routine -- and I'm loathe to simply add the Fatgripz to my compound lifts, because I know it will drastically decrease the amount of weight I can lift (at least for a few weeks).
Should I add some isolation movements with the Fatgripz into my routine? Or is it beneficial for me to just bite the bullet and add Fatgripz to my compound lifts? I'm looking for some additional forearm strength and hypertrophy -- along with the other purported benefits of thick bar training.
2) This is unrelated, but I didn't want to start a whole separate thread. About 2.5 weeks ago, I injured my right elbow (based on the site of pain, swelling and cause, I'm 90% sure that I injured my triceps tendon) with some skullcrushers -- probably fatigue or poor form, not really sure, skullcrushers have always worried my joints. Hah, that's what I get for trying to insert an isolation movement...
Anyways, I (stupidly) decided to train through the pain with a chest session two days later. The result was swelling at the base of my tricep (where it connects to the elbow), and increased pain throughout the day. I learnt my lesson, so I took 2 weeks off from pressing (upped volume on all other body parts, trained shoulders with all of the 'raise' variations for the interim). Now, my elbow finally feels fine again, and I managed 4 sets of push-ups yesterday without pain (the push-ups were done with the sole purpose of testing the elbow). Is it safe for me to try a chest session tomorrow? Or should I give it another week to be safe?