Thanks for all the replies. It does sound like tendonitis is a likely suspect.
Maraudermeat, the low bar squatting point is interesting: I do try to squat low bar, but find it hard going on heavier sets. Perhaps I’ll back off on that for a while and see whether things improve. I don’t think that the bar is rolling back when I bench, but I’ll pay extra attention to that in tonight’s session.
Coolnatedawg, thanks for all the exercise suggestions. I hadn’t heard of rice dips before, but they sound fun! I can’t get hold of a fat bar at the moment , but perhaps some kind of poor man’s version will do the job.
Avocado, thanks for the suggestions. What sort of grip work do you recommend? Crushers, that sort of thing?[/quote]
bucket loads of extensor training. the reverse motion of grippers. If you can afford all the cute toys from ironmind.com then go for that shit. But for me and a majority of my athletes we use a rice bucket [just like it sounds, a bucket of rice]. basically there are a bunch of things you can do via pushing your hands in and spreading them out in the rice. You can also grab and squeeze the shit out of the rice. The humble bucket of rice is responsible for removing arthritis pain form 2 of my previous athletes who made their own rice bucket to work with after i had to move.
Also. As much fat bar as possible at all times. getting tyler grips or another transferable fat grip accessory will pay the dues for your paws. Use those guys on all accessory work where performance is not quantified for training purposes. Even for bench work i would recomend the fat grippers. You will technically bench less with them BUT then when you head back to the thin bar benching you will see massive gains.
so yeah. rice bucket and fat grips. crushers are fun but not necessarily the best for making pain free elbows/wrists.