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  1. spiral Banned Banned

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    Ok, today I did my workout, which went like this : deadlift, OHP and weighted pull-ups.

    I was doing pull-ups with 17kg, and the third one I did there was a sharp pain in my shoulder, as if my muscle was being tore. I stopped, and the pain stopped. I haven't done any more today. There is absolutely no pain at all now, so I think there is nothing wrong, but I was a bit frightened for a moment. Last week I was doing it with 16kg and there was no problem, now I'm considering retrying in 2-3 days. Anybody had this before?
     
  2. blakethemus Blake Belt

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    See a doctor.
     
  3. spiral Banned Banned

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    I'm not gonna see a doctor everytime I got some pain somewhere in my body, else I wouldn't do anything at all. I'm just asking if anybody experienced the same before, or knows about it, I'm not asking medical advice about what I should do, I know pretty well the forum is not doing that.
     
  4. Urban Savage Mystic

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    wait a week before trying it again. If it hurts, you have two options:
    - see a doc
    - Do something that doesn't hurt. Lighter pullups for more reps, a different pullup variation, lower reps higher sets, etc. and come back to this at a later time to see if there's any improvement.

    Your shoulders are sensitive things, take care of them
     
  5. fearfactory White Belt

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    I have noticed a tendency to pull harder w/ my dominant arm when doing pullups. This creates some pain in the elbow of said arm...

    not saying this is your problem. but for me, once I became aware of the problem and started emphasizing my non-dominant arm during the exercise...things got better.
     
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    If it hurts next time you work it, lay off the direct should work and OHPing. Focus on very light front and side lateral raises and stretching.
     
  8. BAS_FAN Purple Belt

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    i did a set of weighted chins with 95lb on the chain and i did it for 5 reps.....it didnt hurt
     
  9. spiral Banned Banned

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    Thanks for the answers. I'll wait for one week and try again, and if it starts again, I'll do as Urban advises, plus I'll check if I have a tendancy to overpull with my dominant arm.

    Lard-ass, I'm doing shoulder width pull-ups, not chin-ups, but I always relax my shoulders at bottom position before doing another rep, in order to get the biggest ROM possible. Could this be an issue? I heard people saying that it was bad, but the same people also told me that full depth squats and deadlifts were bad as well, so I did not pay attention... but maybe pull-ups are a special case?

    Sherpa, what is "lay off the direct" ? sorry I couldnt find the meaning anywhere. And I'm allready OHPing, so that part is done.

    Thanks for the advice anyway!
     
  10. vince89 Banned Banned

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    Wow you are a stallion. A potent steed.

    TS: Rest it a few days then try some BW chin ups to see if it hurts. If it doesnt, slowly use more weight until you get back to your previous weight of 17kg.
     
  11. Question: How many pull ups should you be able to do before you start adding weight to them? I can probably do 12, maybe 15 on a good day. What can I do with that in terms of adding weight?
     
  12. RedNeckJiuJitsu Black Belt

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    Q #1) 3 :D

    Q #2) triangle a dumbbell with your legs
     
  13. Standard Too dumb to learn, too stubborn to quit

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    usually 10+ before you add weight is a good rule of thumb
     
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    If you havent already.. play around with hand placement
     
  15. Lard-ass Sodomizer

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    Lay off exercises that are directed at your shoulders specifically. Just do very light rehab work with your shoulders.
     
  17. Tabris White Belt

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    Chances are it is from overtraining. More rest or back off on the weight/reps.

    I agree though, don't see a doctor everytime you get a pain. You will go broke. If it was torn you would have nasty bruising.
     
  18. rEdShawks Brown Belt

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    try doing non weighted pulls or lower weighted pulls ( in a couple days) and see how it feels
     
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    TS, did your shoulder muscles relax when you got the pain? Your shoulder may have subluxed, as in popped out of the socket a little and then back in. Just give it some rest and make sure your shoulders never go loose at any part of the exercise, always keep them at least a little contracted. I wouldn't go to a doctor, if anything a sports therapist or physio and only if it happens again. Just give it some rest for now


    Edit: lol I didn't read the second page...

    Lard-ass got there before me

     
  20. JinKazama Silver Belt

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    i started havin some right elbow pain after some pullups, couldnt even finish any BOR's and had to stop my pull day alltogether last wednesday, ima take the rest of this week off and start back on monday

    week and a half rest should do wonders ... i hope
     

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