For the past 3 days, I have been swimming very hard. Now, my triceps muscles have started to feel the pain. Rather than calling it pain, I would say, they are tightened up.

Should I continue swimming? Or should I rest for 1 or 2 days and wait for the triceps to loosen up. Normally, I swim every day.

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    Why don't you experiment? Why don't you take a day off and gauge how you feel. One day of rest isn't going to kill your performance... – user4963 Feb 19 '13 at 18:04
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    Is doing your workout mainly with your legs an option? Let your arms have the workout off for the most part while focusing on kicks? – BryceH Feb 22 '13 at 4:19
  • @MarcoLeblanc, thank you for the suggestion. I have rested today and going to workout tomorrow. I will let you know how I feel after that. – Freakyuser Feb 22 '13 at 6:43
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    Rule of thumb: if the muscle feels better after ~10 minutes of exercise, it's ok to work it. If it still hurts, stop and rest. – VPeric Feb 24 '13 at 21:42
  • Yeah, I know myself pretty good and I would try it even I'm not 100% OK. I can see one problem here: you've already paid for swimming pool (in case you son't have one 25m line in your basement :P) so in that case, as I wrote, I'd switch to hard leg workout + dolphin kick which need pretty much your core working too. For example now dolphin kick training is, let's say, 1/4 of my training. It's simply so big advantage after a roll that it's worth to train it really hard. And some pain in the arm is very good reason for doing it right now. – tsykora Jun 17 '13 at 21:20

Sometimes it's really worth to take a good rest.

If there is a continual overload for particular muscles you are simply risking too much in long term sustainability. There is a risk of microtrauma here and you can damage your body. One day rest now can save you another week of training when you are back in a good fit.

I don't know your workout but I experience tired triceps mostly when swimming crawl. I'd suggest you to switch to a backstroke at least for a while. You should swim the same distance by crawl and the same distance by backstroke to avoid disbalance. It can be in one workout day or in one week for example 3 days crawl and 3 days backstroke.

If it's not a problem you can go out of water for two days and try for example running or go to the gym and focus on your core (which will be used while swimming too!).

It has been already suggested in comments: if you can't be without water just do great leg workout for this time and let your arms rest.

I hope I don't need to mention proper warming up before training and stretching after it.

P.S.: You can try a massage too.


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