The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Elbow Soreness after Bicep Curls

    Hello everyone, total noob here.

    I just started (like yesterday) lifting and I started out with bicep curls. Today its almost like my arms can't totally relax straight and there's tightness and pain on the top of my arms just above my elbows (maybe the biceps tendon?). I only did 20lbs at 3 sets/20 reps (like I said, I'm a total noob-with little arms I might add).

    How can I prevent this kind of soreness in the future?

    Thanks.

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    if you've never lifted before you're going to be sore the first week or two...give your body time to adjust to the new amount of stress on it and the soreness will dissipate as your body gets used to working out
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    60 reps of curls is a lot of volume for a small muscle like the biceps. You will get sore. Use more weight and less reps next time (maybe 5-8 reps). More is not better. Anyway, pullups and rows will build your biceps. Focus on big compound movements, forget the small stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manowar669 View Post
    Focus on big compound movements, forget the small stuff.
    this +1

    Look at any program tailored for beginning lifters; they all focus on a few (heavy) compound lifts.

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    Give your body a 2-3 week break in period. The soreness should go away after that....

    The first 2 weeks arnt the worst. After that the soreness creeps into your mind and never stops when you look in the mirror saying your never big enough.....
    Last edited by Luke1081; 08-16-2010 at 08:49 AM.
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    Click on the Starting Strength link, and consider adopting this program over what you were currently doing. It's very good for the person that is just taking up lifting, and generates great results very quickly.

    http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=124795
    Last edited by Iplan; 08-16-2010 at 10:02 AM.
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    Thanks!

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    60 reps on day 1???!!!

    if you continue like that you won't be able to move.
    for your first week, drop the reps and weight, then build it up week 2 and by the 3rd you should be hitting it hard.
    unless of course you enjoy not being able to move
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke1081 View Post
    The first 2 weeks arnt the worst. After that the soreness creeps into your mind and never stops when you look in the mirror saying your never big enough.....
    My wife says I have "bigorexia".

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