Hello, first let me say that I’ve been turned onto CrossFit for a several months now and I am hooked. I am in the best shape of my life and the whole support structure is great and the posting of a new WOD the night before every day really helps break the monotony of daily workouts.
That said I’m having a few issues I’m hoping someone can help me with. I’ve been bodybuilding for several years and now as of late I am a lot more focused on C-Fit type workouts. My minor problem is that because of doing these isolated motions for so long I seem to have very weak elbows when it comes to locking out. No pain in the elbows but doing anything overhead is very difficult because while the muscle strength is certainly there the elbow and perhaps joint strength is not there. I imagine this will only improve with repetition but its frustrating given that I know I’m capable of moving much more weight. I’m a pretty competitive guy…
My main problem though is that when doing anything overhead where you have to hold the bar up for several seconds, like with Overhead squats and powersnatches, I DO have a lot of pain in my upper back rear Delt/Lat connection area. It is not pleasant. Ironically my lifting partner (who made the switch from bodybuilding type lifts to C Fit) has the same issues. When it first started getting bad I went to my chiropractor and he told me I had a minor tear. I laid off for several weeks and thought it had improved. This was several months ago but I keep running into the same problem whenever I try these motions. HS Push Ups also really aggravate the area.
Aside from any “lay of it for a while” tips does anyone have any specific techniques to help with these problem areas.
Any advice it greatly appreciated.