So what’s the deal? Why is it that your elbow aches and pains when you do bicep curls, especially with dumbbells?
For many guys, it’s a matter of using too much weight. You need to gradually work your way up to heavier weight. You can’t just walk into a gym for the first time and start doing bicep curls with 50lb dumbbells.
If you are an experienced “gym rat”, then you may have noticed that your elbow discomfort started out as a dull aching pain but has now developed into a stage that just gripping the dumbbells to do bicep curls, even with 20lbs, is terribly painful.
The best explanation as to why your elbow hurts doing bicep curls and your elbow sore to touch is that you’ve suffered a small tear in your extensor tendon which attaches at your elbow. The small dull pain that you experienced maybe months ago was a small tear that was developing. Overtime, the tear gets larger as you continue working out especially with dumbbells.
The reason that doing bicep curls with dumbbells can actually make your elbow hurt even more is because when you use them you have a greater range of motion, not to mention you need to very strong grip. When you get to the 7th, 8th or 9th rep, you bicep starts to fatigue and your form is compromised. This puts your elbow at risk of further injury as you grip harder on the dumbbell plus you will most likely start to swing and heave the weight.
The actual name of the injury where you have elbow pain on the outside of your elbow from bicep curls is tennis elbow. Despite the fact that you suffered your injury in the gym, it is called tennis elbow for the simple fact that the first ever reported case was by a tennis player.
So what to do? You still want to hit the gym but without elbow pain, right?
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