Forearm pain with bicep extensions (Reboot Day 2)

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    Forearm pain with bicep extensions (Reboot Day 2)

    Hi All- I just started Reboot, and ran into a problem on Day 2 with the bicep extensions. Partway through my second set, I started having some pain in my left forearm. It still hurts today- feels almost like a bruise, pretty localized to one spot. I don't mind soreness from working a new muscle, but I want to make sure I'm not causing strain/injury going forward. My questions are: 1) Is there something I can do to slowly build up forearm strength, if that's what's causing this? (Note- I'm not using weights of any kind when this happens). 2) Any advice for when pain pops up mid-workout, and how to identify "good" pain/discomfort of working new muscles vs. something that could cause injury? Thanks!

    #2
    If you want to build slowly then the key is to do the exercises slowly at first and focus on proper technique.

    I am not really sure about your second question, I think that it just comes with experience and knowing the signals that your body is giving you.

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      #3
      For the second part of your question, the rule that I use is to try to distinguish discomfort and soreness (like DOMS) from actual pain. With the former, it usually feels better with some stretching or light exercising. If it actually stops you from doing a movement, and makes you go "ow", then that's actual pain and you probably should rest the part that hurts and possibly get medical attention if it doesn't clear up in a reasonable period of time. I'm not qualified in anything related to this, that's just the rule I use. A little discomfort, work through it, actual pain, stop.

      I'm sorry I can't help you with the first part of your question; I don't know what that might be.

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        #4
        Wrist/forearm flexion and extension as pre workout dynamic stretching should be helpful. You can filter in the workout tab for light UpperBody to find these under “hand” exercises. Also, you can try rolling your forearms on a golf ball lightly to loosen up those muscles and tendons a bit.

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          #5
          Thanks, all! Appreciate the thoughtful and helpful responses. Day 4 of Reboot today just about did me in with the Climbers, so I think I may just be generally out of my depth here. Are there other Level 2 programs that are not quite as taxing for a beginner as Reboot? I did Foundation and was just fine with that. Reboot feels way harder to me.

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            #6
            Are you keeping it down to level 1 on the sets? Also, you can just move slower and take more time and be careful in your movements.

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              #7
              Yes, level 1 and barely scraping through! I switched over to Zero Hero and that seems like a better fit for now, but will keep it slow and steady if needed next time I'm over my head. Thanks!

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                #8
                Great! Well, The next thing I was gonna suggest was that you drop back to a Level 1 program. Which is always there for you as an option

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