Training is made difficult with certain adverse body conditions affecting the veins, bones and joints. Conditions such as back pain, knees inflammation/pain, high blood pressure, arthritis among other known conditions can barely make an exercise reach its optimal standard. With this hindrance, one is likely to refrain from continuous exercising because they do cause pain and discomfort. However, they can be managed through small but important steps that culminate the condition for the better. One main condition of focus in this article is tendonitis, which is more or the same as the examples we have classified here. Tendonitis is a prevailing condition among the modern day’s exercisers without dispute. Because many are living with it, and it’s likely continuous, a remedy for managing exercises with it has been determined and put in place.  Few concepts and basics are designed for training with tendonitis. Let us screen what this disease is and how training principles of managing it can be used to better you.

What is Tendonitis?

When your tendons feel on fire or swell, the condition is called tendonitis. Generally, it is a condition causing the body tendons to swell or inflame up. Inflammation process is indicated by the ‘itis’ suffix. Tendons are the small threads of the body connecting a bone from a muscle. When they are inflamed they cause problem during movement by initiating mild to severe pains. Apparently, it never affect whole of the body all at once but affect only parts of the body such as an arm or maybe shoulder. The pain caused by tendonitis may be so intensive when making a movement that it can stop every single workout you are engaging.

What It Means By “Working through the Pain”

People tend to brave the pain caused by tendonitis condition during their workouts, called, ‘working through the pain’. Well, this might be bad for the healing process as it is being anticipated, even though it is a popular practice among those on workouts. In fact, what is likely to happen is the process of further breakdown of the part that one is trying to heal. The science base on this is that as you strive more in workouts and braving your pain, you are stressing your tendons and the healing process is likely to take longer.


Instead of working through the pain, find the range of motion that gives you discomfort and work up until that range of motion. For instance, if you have tendon pain at the very bottom range of motion for a bicep curl, start with the weight at the top of the movement, then lower until you hit the range of motion where you feel discomfort and come back up for a partial rep. This ideology can be adapted to any of the body parts, as partial reps can be performed on any exercise you can do a full rep on. Remember not to go down (or up) past the range of motion where you feel discomfort, or you’ll further agitate the tendon.

The Better Solution: Training Around the Pain

Tendonitis is generally localized to one area, like the shoulder or elbow. Fortunately, not all exercises involve the shoulder and elbow. One of the most popular training methodologies surrounding tendonitis is to simply give the tendon time to rest and heal by avoiding that body part. As an example, when you have tendonitis acting up in your shoulder and the tendon is inflamed, focus on lower body movements and isolation exercises for the arms and core – that way your shoulders are taken out of the rotation. Only cutting out isolation exercises for your shoulder won’t serve your purposes completely, as pretty much all upper-body compound movements involve the shoulder either as a mover or a stabilizer. This can be a great opportunity to bring up a lagging body part or work on your cardio and core strength.

Hitting the Pool Can Help

Working out in the pool isn’t just for prenatal and senior citizen fitness enthusiasts, it can help with tendonitis as well. Laugh in the face of gravity as you let buoyancy assist your joints with the exercise, decreasing the stress on your tendons and joints. Underwater exercise can be a great form of therapy and recuperation since you’re still moving weight, but you can manipulate the stress more and manage your range of motion way more efficiently. You shouldn’t be doing laps in the pool if you have a bum shoulder until your tendon recovers, but there are several weight training devices that were designed to be used in a pool.

Use Heat & Ice

Applying heat and ice to muscles as a way to control tightness, alleviate pain and reduce swelling is nothing new. With the application of heat and a hefty amount of stretching before exercise, your discomfort can be greatly reduced, giving you a broader range of motion and giving you an increased capacity to work your muscles and get those gains. Heat packs and other compresses work well for this. You can simply keep a wash cloth with you and run it under hot water and keep it on for a few minutes before stretching.

Ice can come after the workout. Ice is a natural combatant for swelling; and, sense tendonitis is just a case of the swellies in your tendons, ice can be a big help. About 20 minutes of 5-off-5-on should be sufficient to keep your swelling and discomfort to a minimum after training, or at least some momentary comfort while your tendon heals. Applying ice to a workout can also help you drop that core temperature back down and can be extremely refreshing (cue ice bath enthusiasts).

Final Thoughts on Working out With Tendonitis

Tendonitis can be a huge roadblock, and is enough to take many people out the gym for weeks, or months at a time. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Staying active and working around an injury is exponentially easier than going back to a sedentary lifestyle then trying to get back into the groove of being active. By employing one of several effect ideologies or training methods, you can still stay active while your tendonitis runs its course. Whether you’re doing exercises on your bad tendon until you hit an uncomfortable range of motion, training body parts around your discomfort without training the affected body part directly, or just applying heat before your workout and ice afterwards, you’re at no shortage for ways not to let tendonitis keep you out of the gym. It’s your decision to make on how you deal with your tendonitis, so go make it.