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Squats Causing Elbow Pain


#1

Hey folks,
Whenever I do squats with a reasonable load, when I rack the weight, I get a sharp pain in my elbows when I extend them. At first, I thought it might be elbow tendonitis or something, but I can perform bench, dips, tricep extensions etc. fine.
Usually, after i finish squats (or GMs, or even BB Lunges), I do a few light sets on the cable pushdown, and this seems to get rid of it.

Any ideas what it is, what's causing it or how to get rid of it?


#2

How exactly are you racking the weight? Are you in a squat rack? Do you feel that pain throughout the day or just at the very moment?


#3

Get the bar off your back for a week or two, and when you come back, bring your grip out a bit. In the meantime, work on shoulder flexibility.

www.ericcressey.com


#4

Widen your grip


#5

I must echo my agreement. I was out of the gym for a while due to a back injury. While out I did some rotator cuff work suggested by Eric and saw an incredible improvement in my lifting, overall push/pull strength, and shoulder pain/discomfort. I would highly recommend checking out his article.

Christopher


#6

Thanks for the replies guys. I squat in a squat rack, I rack it by leaning forward and down a bit onto the pins. There's no pain during the squat, only immediately afterward. It goes away after a while, but a lot faster if I do some pushdowns.

I've used light weight and only fingertipped the bar with no pain, but I can't use this for working weight. Maybe it's how I hold the bar?

I'll give myself some time off and see what happens.

Yeah, and I'll widen the grip too.