Biceps cramping?

I have recently joined the gym and started using some of the arm machines. I am used to the soreness associated with leg muscles and abs as I have worked them out many times in the past. My arms have not had so much attention. I did some bicep curls on a machine not free weights, and some tricep stuff as well as upper back and shoulders. Now I did this day before yesterday. Yesterday my triceps were sore and as the day went on my shoulder started to get so stiff I couldn’t really lift it. Then this morning my shoulder was fine but now my biceps are so sore that they hurt when my arms are in any sort of position, whether I’m using them or not. Is this normal for being sore on the upper body? Persistant pain? Because lower body I notice only really hurts when you are using the muscle or stretching. I did stretch after my exercises. My biceps hurt the most just above the elbow joint and seem swollen as well. Is there some common mistake people make on those machines I might not know?

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  1. Boris Von Snuggles, 28 May, 2010

    Snowleop doesn’t know what she is talking about.

    You WANT your arms to hurt as much as possible. This means that you worked them hard to their limit.

    Thats why bodybuilders always have spotters when they are doing stuff like bench press. They do as much as they can and then push for 1 more with the help of their spotter.

    Don’t work out your arms again until next week. You must have ATLEAST 5 days break between working the same muscle group if you train hard enough.

  2. snowleopard, 28 May, 2010

    This is your muscles telling you to be careful with them. Mabey you should take a break and tone down your routines. Also, drink lots of water and S-T-R-E-T-C-H majorly before AND after your workout.
    Hope this helps! <3

  3. Mr. small eyes, 28 May, 2010

    i have the same problem, it hurts to make my arm straight.
    Don’t work them out until the pain goes away in a few days and you will be fine!

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