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    Warming Up

    Just noticed this issue recently.

    Normally I warm up just with a few mins running and plenty of back/leg stretching, as I tend to get my big lifts (squat/dl) out the way first.

    Last session, however, nothing was free, so I pretty much had no choice but to do my dips first.

    CRIKEY! The pain in my left elbow, unreal. Had to stop after just a coupla dips. Cue frantic arm swinging, elbow flexing, gnashing of teeth, wearing of sackcloth. I did some more, it still hurt like a boss, but got steadily better until I could perform all my sets with no pain.

    Normally before I do dips, I'll have done DL, Bench and OHP, so my arms would be very warmed up, hence I normally have no pain at all whilst dipping. I honestly didn't realise how much warming up my elbows need before I can dip!

    Anyway, long winded way of getting around to it - what kind of warm up exercises/stretching can I do for my elbow area in case I come across this situation again? Short of simply bending and unbending my arm, I cannot think of anything to warm that joint.

    What do you suggest?

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    You could try some push ups and curls?

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    Hmm, pushups is interesting, spose I could add a few sets of push ups into the warm up, that might get the elbows going. Ta.

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    Cardio warm up on a rowing machine.
    Bench dips.
    Light dips on an assistance machine.

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