I still find it surprising how many people follow my workout logs (to Mitch’s chagrin). If you’re one of those fine people, you probably have heard me lamenting over the months about my arm/biceps/shoulder pain.
Over at Stronger by Science, Jason Eure published an extensive article on “Training with Biceps Tendinopathy”. Reading it hit very close to home – it’s my problem.
It’s been interesting for me to observe the things I do, the things I don’t do, what I vary, what I change, when pain arrives, when pain doesn’t. Reading more of the science behind it… well, it just gives me more questions, but also some better understanding.
For example, flat bench press caused the worst pain, but overhead pressing is no pain. I am trying incline pressing, but it’s been relatively light weights and only so much volume. In this new training program, even tho I recalculated my 1RM and took an even lower training max, incline pressing weights are going up for me – because I started so low. It will be interesting to see how this cycle goes with inclines, now using more weight and taking in more volume.
The article reinforces earlier thoughts I had as well, about switching the main movement to something else, like floor press. I guess I’ll see how it goes.
So, I’m not yet sure what I’ll do with this information, but the article was one I wanted to keep and share. I’m sure I’ll have to read it a few more times to fully digest it.