Muscle Building & Joint Pain

One of the most occurring problems faced by muscle builders and athletes that strength train is joint pain. You and everyone you know at the gym at one time has commented and remarked on how your (knee, shoulder, elbow) is in pain. Complaints like these can be found at any given time in any gym around the world, and unfortunately, this joint pain causes your muscle building to be less efficient.

Fortunately, most of the time joint pain can be attributed to several simple things. More often than not, bodybuilders are in pain working out because of one of the following:

  • They rarely warm up adequately
  • They perform muscle building workouts for too long and/or too frequent
  • They’re training with weights that are too heavy.
  • They don’t allow enough time for their joints, tendons, muscle, etc to rest.
  • They don’t use the proper technique when lifting weights.
  • They don’t consume all the proper vitamins and nutrients their body requires.
  • Or, all of the above.

Pain that comes in goes in a knee, elbow, or someplace else is not a sign of a serious problem – every person experiences that, strength trainer or not. We’re referring to chronic pain – pain that lasts for days, weeks, and possibly even months without interruption. In addition, we’re referring to pain that is not caused by one of the above strength training mistakes, but something much more serious.

Bodybuilder/Muscle Building Joint Problems:

There are a variety of different problems that inflict athletes, as well as non-athletes, in the joints. The most common types of joint pain afflictions include tendinitis, bursitis, and arthritis.

Tendinitis – Tendonitis is the most common and the most treatable cause of pain that affects bodybuilders and weight trainers. However, if left untreated as a bodybuilder tries to gain muscle while “working through the pain” can cause a real, long-lasting problem. It can quickly put an end to all strength training programs for the next several months. Athletes experience tendonitis when the tendon around the joint has become inflamed from an overuse or injury.

Related: tendonitis causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Arthritis -- While there are many kinds of arthritis, the two main ones include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Out of these two, osteoarthritis is by leaps and bounds the most common to those that undergo weight lifting and strength training exercises.

Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tewar on the joints, classified by the deterioration of the cartilage that is located at the ends of the bones. This smooth cartilage turns rough, which causes more friction and pain as you lift weights. If untreated, this pain can immobilize you. In fact, many athletes careers have been ended by cases of chronic osteoarthritis.

Bursitis – Located within our joints are located small, fluid filled sacks known as bursae. The bursae acts as an assistant to the movement of muscles and joints by cushioning them against friction. These sacks have the ability to become inflamed and injured due to a variety of reasons (training mistakes listed above) and a chronic pain can occur, also called “bursitis.”

Bursitis is most commonly found in the shoulder or elbow, as known as tennis elbow.

Tennis Elbow Treatment
Learn how to treat tennis elbow.
Tendonitis Website
All about tendonitis.
Achilles Tendonitis
The most common form of tendonitis.