Here I thought I was doing really well. After a couple of weeks off from the gym I started back in earnest last week and, despite some healthy aches and pains as my muscles got used to being used again, everything felt good. My cardio schedule was back to normal and, while I still had to get back into a regular weights workout, my fitness level was approaching the level I’m used to.
Then yesterday I decided to add my free-weights workout back into the mix. It started out fine. I did an inclined chest press and moved on to seated rows. Two exercises down. I was rockin’!
Then, as I started my second chest exercise, something happened. I felt a twinge in my shoulder and had to put the bar down after only half a set.
A stretched a bit and tried again. No luck. The pain was getting worse. So I tried a different exercise – the peck-deck machine – and again was denied. So I left the gym, not wanting to do any further damage.
And for the rest of the day, any time I brought my left elbow higher than my shoulder, I would wince with pain. As you might imagine, putting on a shirt or a coat was just unpleasant. Making dinner was no easy task – and getting dishes in and out of the oven was not only painful but risky (what if it had dropped?!) I spent most of the evening on the sofa like any good couch potato.
Still not sure what the problem is. The pain doesn’t feel so deep as to be in the joint – I think it’s in the muscle – but is it a tear or is it just a pull? I’ve been lucky enough not to have ever had this problem before but I suspect a tear would be a lot more painful, so I’m hoping for some sort of pull, and that this will go away if I keep from using the arm too much.
I was thinking of maybe seeing my massage therapist today. During my morning shower, the hot water and a little pressure applied to my neck muscles felt good, as though a massage might help – but maybe I should just leave it alone and let it heal.
Whatever happens, I’m skipping the gym for the next few days until I can raise my hands above my head without wincing. If the problem persists, I’ll have to go see someone, but for now, another night of rest and I’ll decide how to proceed in the morning.
Guess It’s back to square one with the cardio. I’ll have to restart my regime over once again when I’ve healed.