Be really careful!
I went chin up crazy a couple of years ago, I was doing like 50-100 a day - every day…every time I passed something I could chin myself on, I would jump up and do 8-10. After about 2 wks of this, my R elbow was so sore I couldn’t even hold a paperback book.
At that point it was too late, and even though I went through all kinds of PT, etc, the damage was done.
I didn’t lift anything at all for almost 2 yrs and just concentrated on running and biking. I went back into the gym one day and did a set of pullups (at which point i maxed out at like 4!), but there was no pain, so I added pullups back into my routine…for a whole 2 wks, before the pain was too great to do more than 1 or 2.
Some theorize that simpe inflammatory tendinitis progresses into a chronic tendinosis, where the collagen is unable to properly form parallel strands of organized tissue, and at that point, there is nothing that can be done.
So what do I do now? Work around it as best as I can. I can do bent-over rows and pulldowns, but it hurts and I can’t go that heavy. I can do curls, but not too heavy or too often. Usually what I do is to superset a set of pullovers with a set of straight arm pulldowns, followed by reg pulldowns.
Another thing I just started, is using those straps that people hang from to do abs…the ones that support your triceps while you hang from chinning bar…anyway, I hang from them and by contracting my lats fully, raise myself as high as I can. Range of motion on this is maybe 6", but it is ALL lats and I can feel a pump. Have to add weight though to make it worth while.
BTW, I have also tried ART and Graston with no success, but other’s have had good experience - they prob weren’t as far gone as I am.
The main point I am trying to make, is that it is a bitch to have to lay off and heal up, and I didn’t and now would give anything to be able to do a couple of sets of pullups 2x a wk.