Monday 151207

Shoulder press

Then, 6 rounds for quality:
1 Wall walk + :10 handstand hold


Post weights to BTWB


Who doesn't love the orange lids?

Who doesn’t love the orange lids?


One of the more common accessories we see in the gym lately are elbow braces.  Given the nature of our workouts many of us, including me, have experienced tennis elbow and the brace, although not very fashionable, is very helpful in helping deal with and relieve the pain and symptoms of tennis elbow.  I’ve had two flare ups in my 8+ years of CrossFit and each time I’ve worn the brace and it has helped the pain go away.  That is my experience so take it for what it’s worth.  What is tennis elbow really?  I’m not even allowed at most places that have tennis courts, so how did I get this?  Below is an excerpt from a really in-depth article on  I’ll put a link to the full article at the bottom of the blog.  

 Tennis Elbow: What Is It, Do You Have It, and How Do You Treat It?  By: Levi Harrison

Let’s review the basics of “tennis elbow” or lateral epicondylitis. It is a tendinopathy at the origin of the extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle. This muscle allows you to extend the wrist. Research has shown that this problem is due to degenerative changes rather than an inflammatory process. Often we associate inflammation with most forms of tendonitis, but not in this case

Common causes and associations of lateral epicondylitis include repetitive wrist extension and forearm rotation. I treat this issue in athletes who perform multiple sets of dips, push ups, and chin ups, and, of course, in athletes who play racquet sports. In addition, tennis elbow can present if a person’s job involves extensive periods of repetitive motion at the elbow and wrist. I often see this in carpenters and manual laborers who use heavy power tools.

There are many treatments that I have found to be extremely effective in treating tennis elbow. Here is a basic strategy that I would recommend. This protocol focuses on non-invasive therapeutic treatment options:

Minimize all activities that increase and aggravate pain in the elbow.

Wear a counterforce brace for four to six weeks.

Acupuncture treatments have shown to be quite effective in treating tennis elbow. I would suggest receiving

acupuncture treatment twice per week for four weeks.

Physical therapy or occupational therapy, which may employ massage techniques, stretching exercises (Nirschl exercises), moist heat, ultrasound, ice packs, or iontophoresis.

Anti-inflammatory medications can be used if steps one through four are not effective. This can include over-the-counter ibuprofen, Naprosyn, or other medications that you have discussed with your healthcare provider. It is also important that these medications do not cause gastric distress or any allergic reactions. Discuss this aspect with your health provider as well.

Corticosteroid injection is the next step if the first five treatments are not successful. Some studies now indicate that the steroid injection has a similar effect as a placebo; however, I have found them to be very effective.

There is a lot of additional information on the Breaking Muscle website but I know how long blogs can be a deterrent for a lot of us so if you want additional information as well as to see some videos on exercises used to treat tennis elbow, click HERE.


  1. Kacey :

    Kacey. Kacey does not love the orange lids. At, All.

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