/ Injury from doing pull-ups and fingerboard
I usually hang from both arms, my hands are quite close together because my finger board is just a campus rung screwed to a door frame. Maybe that could be the reason?
Initial thoughts are that it's most likely poor form; honour the natural form of the body - i.e. don't hang in a state of hyper extension so maintain, at least, a micro bend in the elbow and roll your shoulders back.
Warm up, a lot. And stretch heaps; before, during and after. Failing that, you may have some other underlying issue that will no doubt be difficult to diagnose over the internet.
I do a shed load of campusing, heavy (BW + 50%) pullups and tons of BW pullups - I started getting chronic elbow and shoulder pain and cured this by doing plenty of the right stretches that target all the areas being stressed.
I've found a strong yoga practise that includes arm balances and inversions has taught me a lot about maintaining integrity in the body and is a great form of antagonist training.
You're climbing 6a and you're doing 'a shed load' of campussing and weighted pull-ups?! Seriously?
Yeah - I only really climb rock occasionally and as training for winter. I find campus ladders back-to-back is great endurance requiring abdominal recruitment whilst heavily weighted pull ups are the only way I can prevent my body adapting to BW. You have better suggestions?
The only thing I do more than campusing is kettlebell swinging and this is a great posterior chain and shoulder mobility exercise for the OP.
Thanks for the reply. I should have said, I'm always careful to bend my elbows. You could be right about the shoulder position though. Something to think about for next time.
I might add for the specific pain you're describing; I find the most therapeutic thing to do is hang from a bar and simply roll your shoulders back and down. It's the ultimate, IMO, upper back stretch. If I'm in a lot of pain I tend to sorta bounce by hinging my elbows whilst trying to pull shoulders down and back as far as I can.
If that doesn't offer relief, I'd rest.
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