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hyper extending joints

I have hyper extending elbows and knees. WhenI do yoga I have to be aware of not over extending them. My question today is in regards to bicep curls.

I have done bicep curls 2 times this week, and my elbow on the inside part of my arm hurts. I'm thinking maybe I was hyper extending it while working out.

When doing bicep curls, when you release your arms down do you strighten your elbows all the way or leave them slightly bent?

thanks y'all!

Fri. Sep 22, 11:46am

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you should never lock joints while lifting, which I think is what you meant by "straightening out", right?

maybe you should try a preacher curl or a machine curl instead of standing curls, the pads will support your movement better.

be careful!

Friday, September 22, 2006, 11:57 AM

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I basically agree with the above, but my experience is you may reach that "lock" angle on a preacher curl or machine too (although even then, it may reduce the range of motion for someone who can hyperextend, so it may give relief if that's the problem).
If you're in a gym that has them, you could use a cable machine for curls - one of those setups with a weight stack, pulley, cable and handle. You could adjust it so that there is no tension until you're partly flexed.
Other possibilities are to do barbell curls instead of dumbbell, optionally with an "EZ-curl" type of barbell bar (this is a zigzag shaped bar that allows different angled grips)..

Friday, September 22, 2006, 12:14 PM

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