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Elbow pain due to spinning?

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CATHY_CRAM_MS
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2/13/06 11:38 A

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Let us know how the tips works for you Dana!
Cathy


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2/13/06 9:32 A

 
 
Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate all of your advice--I will definitely be trying it out in class today :)

-Dana

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2/12/06 11:08 P

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Dear Kerry,
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Check out the Babyfit resource section/fitness information for the guidelines on intensity monitoring. You should be using your perceived exertion-how the exercise feels for you-to determine what your intensity is while exercising.

Your intensity should feel challenging, yet not so hard that you're gasping for breath and unable to talk.

Exercising 5 times a week is great, as long as you're feeling good, your gaining weight normally and your doctor doesn't have any concerns about your pregnancy.

Best wishes for a great pregnancy!
Cathy


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2/12/06 11:04 P

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IRONGAL-
Great advice for the elbow pain! Here's a couple more tips-
-Is the seat pitch too far forward which places more weight on the arms? Adjust the seat into several different positions to see what feels best.
-Elbow pain may be referred from the neck so avoid looking up toward the instructor throughout the class. Try to keep your head in a comfortable, slightly facing down position.
-As irongal said, change your hand position frequently throughout the ride.
Hope your elbows feel better soon-
Cathy


Catherine is the co-author of "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy" with Dr. James Clapp, and author of Fit Pregnancy For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing in 2004. To learn more about these books or buy them online you can find them on www.amazon.com.

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2/12/06 2:56 P

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I saw your message about joint pain in Spinning, and other than the fact that there might be hormonal issues at play, you should make sure that you adjust either your handlebar height or seat forward-back position so that you're not reaching for the handlebars. Unless you're 6 ft 6, most good quality spin bikes should allow enough height on the handlebars for most people not to have to stretch down too far. Try moving your saddle forward i.e. closer to the handlebars - this should allow you a little more bend in your elbows. And forget the "rules" that Spin instructors give you about position 1, 2, or 3 - ride with your hands where they're most comfortable for you. The best place to have them is (1) so that your joints are not locked out i.e. not too extended and (2) so that your wrists/elbows are level with your shoulders i.e not wider, not narrower.

PS I'm a Spinning instructor, Ironman triathlete and Triathlon coach, and have spent LOTS of time in the saddle, both out on the road, and on the Spin bike.


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SUPADISCOQUEEN
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2/11/06 12:19 P

 
 
The pain starts fairly soon after the class begins, and then my elbows remain sore & stiff for at least a day afterwards. The pain is in the joints--both when I bend and straighten my arms.

I try to keep my arms slightly bent, with my hands on the outside curve of the handlebar (if that makes sense)--my wrists get sore if I place them the "regular" way. I definitely vary my arm position as a ride as much as possible, though.

I don't wear gloves, although sometimes I use my towel as padding.

I'm tall (5'10"), and because of the way the bike is, my handlebars are always even with my seat. My seat needs to be high b/c of my legs, but then I have to lean over more than I'd like because the handlebars only go so high.

Thanks for you help!

-Dana

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2/11/06 11:48 A

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The hormones of prenancy can affect joint laxity, and things that normally felt fine can cause joint or muscle pain due to the change in joint function.
Let me ask you a few questions to get a clearer idea about what may be causing the pain:
-Does the pain occur right away when spinning, or later in the workout (or even afterwards.)
-Where is the pain in the joint-central, to the side or in back or front?
-What arm postion do you ride in?
-Do you vary your arm position frequently as your ride?
-Do you wear biking gloves to help absorb some of the pressure on your hands and arms?
Let me know and I can give you some tips for avoiding further joint pain!
Cathy


Catherine is the co-author of "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy" with Dr. James Clapp, and author of Fit Pregnancy For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing in 2004. To learn more about these books or buy them online you can find them on www.amazon.com.

Cathy also provides Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness Information and certification courses to Healthcare Professionals. Click here to learn more.

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2/11/06 12:12 A

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i spin and didn't have this problem myself with pregnancy but had hip flexor issues my whole pregnancy. when you are pregnant your ligaments tend to be more lose so you may have hyperextended or put extra pressure on your elbow and not even noticed.

keep up the spinning... i did it up until a couple of days before i delivered.

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