I tried searching for this, but couldn’t find much that wasn’t steroid-related.
Anyway, some of my joints and tendons feel as though they’re starting to ache on a semi-consistant basis. What do you guys use to address this?
I guess I should’ve been listening more closely when the topic came up in the past, even if it didn’t affect me then.
So sue me.
I’m no specialist when it comes to supps or medication, so I’ll just address the training-aspect of things:
A) Avoid tendon-unfriendly exercises such as skullcrushers or alter the way you do them
B) Don’t go crazy with the volume and/or frequency
C) do some “cruising” for a while, avoid intensity techniques, use somewhat less weight, don’t go to failure… Or even take time off or include more off-days in your routine. Less often necessary when training with a regular modern bb routine with standard frequency.
However, if you’ve made great strength gains over a relatively short period of time, it would be wise to remember that the joints and tendons don’t have much of a metabolism of their own and don’t adapt nearly as fast as your musculature. Most guys never make progress that fast anyway, but yeah.
D) Higher rep ranges for a while can help, especially for older guys
E) Look at the overall workload… Just because you’re never going to failure doesn’t mean doing 4+ sets at 85-90 percent or whatever of your 1RM is suddenly joint-friendly.
F) Check your exercise technique in general
G) If you went low or no-carb for a while, reintroduce some carbs into your diet. If you went low-fat, get in more fat. And then there’s fish-oil, I guess, but I don’t know how much of a difference that actually makes.
The only actual tendon/joint-supp I’ve taken thus far was some seashell extract thing…
I had what I believe were somewhat irritated forearm tendons (near the elbow). Trouble went away the very next day, but I wasn’t direly injured or anything to begin with, so take that for what it’s worth.
I’m sure bushidobadboy, Sento and co will be able to give you more helpful answers.