Skull Crushers: Elbow Pain
- 09-29-2007, 04:01 PM
Skull Crushers: Elbow Pain
Does anybody have this problem. Everytime I do skull crushers I get a very stiff feeling in my right elbow joint. I do two or three warmup sets with the bar and rope pull-downs and then the stiffness subsides. I then do four sets with 92.5, 122.5, 142.5, 142.5lbs, never going under eight reps. Then the next day I get very sore/pain feeling in the elbow joint. Is it worth me trying some herbal joint remedies or should I ice it?
I really don't want to stop doing this exercise, it has proven to be my most effective tricep exercise. It is only recently this has been happening to me, I've been using this exercise in my routine for over two years now.
Any advice would be much appreciated.
- 09-29-2007, 04:27 PM
you didnt tell us what you use.
im assuming an ez curl bar?
ever try using DBs.. you can do normal grip wide or hammers.
try that and get back to me just curious
09-29-2007, 05:34 PM
09-29-2007, 05:50 PM
I have the same issue, I know exactly what you mean. What worked for me is taking 3 caps of Cissus a day, that relieved the pain in my elbow / forearm when doing skull crushers. You might want to give that a shot!
09-29-2007, 06:04 PM
Skull crushers put an insane amount of stress on your elbow joints and tendons. If you are like most you may be doing Barbell Lying Triceps Extension and not Barbell Lying Triceps Extension "Skull Crusher"
In either case you are using a very good amount of weight. If you are cheating by swinging the weight to get even heavier weights up this will realy contribute to tearing up the joint and tendons.
I suggest that you switch out the exercise for something else for a while. At the very least reduce the weight.
Of course joint and tendon supplements will aid in recovery and healing but continued taxation is going to perpetuate the condition. JMHO.
09-29-2007, 09:58 PM
09-29-2007, 11:50 PM
I'll bet you if I tied a belt around your elbow so that they were completely vertical, you'd be lucky to get 3 or 4 reps up clean at the weight you're doing for 8 reps
Definitely keep to your low weight warm-up sets so that you are putting so much work force on cold tendons, then go towards a completely clean and strict movement.
10-08-2007, 06:30 PM
Try warming up first with 2 sets of tricep rope extensions, light weight just to get the blood flowing down there. I used to have pain in my elbows too from skullcrushers and then i started doing warmups with rope extensions and they feel much better.
10-09-2007, 03:17 AM
same thing happens to be, i cant even tolerate the bar, the pain in my joint kills on my left elbow, i usually do over head tricep extensions, work fine for me, no pain
10-09-2007, 09:36 PM
The smartest advice I can give you is take a break from the exercise. If you have inflamed a tendon or something it is not going to heal if you keep training
10-09-2007, 11:42 PM
I stopped doing them for about 5 months to fully recover. Skull crushers was probably the leading reason why I had such bad tendonitis. I have since adapted close grip bench press and it works pretty good.
10-10-2007, 12:37 AM
I found that doing skulls SECOND on tri's day after pushdowns or dips completely removes any pain in my joints/forearms
10-10-2007, 12:40 AM
10-10-2007, 12:42 AM
10-10-2007, 12:43 AM
10-10-2007, 11:34 AM
10-10-2007, 12:00 PM
10-10-2007, 02:53 PM
Deff go with the EZ curl bar. The one at my gym weighs 30lbs, but I know they vary...
I am telling you, Cissus guys! Pill up and the pain will go away. I do skull crushers with 130lbs, which is probably very hard on my tendons, but with Super CissusRX I no longer am hindered by forearm & elbow pain. I am going to try Palo Alto's Incarnate next to see how that fairs.
I see a few people mentioned taking time off, yes that works too, I have done that as well, but fact of the matter is once you start up again it is likely the pain will return. So either switch exercises or take something for those tendons!
10-18-2007, 01:09 PM
I have the same issue w/ skull crushers. I typically only incorporate them every once in awhile and rely more on cg bench and weighted dips for tricep work.
10-18-2007, 01:18 PM
ya i would also take some time off from them as others mentioned. Cissus would be a great addition also. You may also want to change to dumbell as previously mentioned, or a rope or bar on a cable system. Changing up the angle of the bench may also help with this too. I had bad elbow pain a long time ago from flat bench skulls. I then supplemented and used a military bench and dumbell and pulled overhead. This allows for a slightly different angle and allowed me to watch my form in the mirror which made an incredible difference!!
11-13-2007, 10:22 AM
I didn't really read all of the posts os this may have been mentioned. Try doing your skull crushers w/ the bench on an incline. this is what i have been doing lately and the 1st set kills but after that its smooth sailing. Make sure you warm up very very good, and while warming up continue to add weight for each warm up set.
11-13-2007, 01:32 PM
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