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    I've been neglecting my exercise routine for a few months, and I'm getting very deconditioned. The routine in question involved a kettlebell and a Shovelglove (8-lb. sledgehammer), as well as some yoga. I'd like to get back into it, but I'm worried about hurting myself - when I tried some kettlebell swings, I immediately got a bit of a twinge in my shoulder, and the Shovelglove exercises (even only a few reps) got my hands really sore. What should I do to get back into my routine safely? (I don't have any other gym equipment other than the kettlebell and the sledgehammer, and I can't afford a gym membership right now)

    For what it's worth, my right hand is somewhat weak due to nerve damage, and since I play the piano, I am very paranoid about hands/fingers/wrists. I really don't want to hurt something, but I don't want to become fused to my couch either. Halp?

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    Stretch and warm up. Just enough to get the blood pumping. Body weight workouts can build amazing physiques. If you continue having an unusual amount of pain then see a doctor.
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    +1 on the bodyweight exeercises...I used kbells 3-4 times a week since I had SLAP surgery on my right shoulder 2 years ago. Are you doing 1 or 2 handed swings?

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    Once you have your shoulders warmed up you should be able to manage swings as they are more of a posterior chain exercise....the shoulders should only be acting as a hinge.
    Go hard on the body weight exercises.

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    Start very slow, forget the kettlebells for at least 6 months. Get clearance from your doctor and stick at it for 3-4 months minimum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meepster View Post
    I've been neglecting my exercise routine for a few months, and I'm getting very deconditioned. The routine in question involved a kettlebell and a Shovelglove (8-lb. sledgehammer), as well as some yoga. I'd like to get back into it, but I'm worried about hurting myself - when I tried some kettlebell swings, I immediately got a bit of a twinge in my shoulder, and the Shovelglove exercises (even only a few reps) got my hands really sore. What should I do to get back into my routine safely? (I don't have any other gym equipment other than the kettlebell and the sledgehammer, and I can't afford a gym membership right now)

    For what it's worth, my right hand is somewhat weak due to nerve damage, and since I play the piano, I am very paranoid about hands/fingers/wrists. I really don't want to hurt something, but I don't want to become fused to my couch either. Halp?
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    Start very slow, forget the kettlebells for at least 6 months. Get clearance from your doctor and stick at it for 3-4 months minimum.




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    Quote Originally Posted by SoccerGrok View Post
    +1 on the bodyweight exeercises...I used kbells 3-4 times a week since I had SLAP surgery on my right shoulder 2 years ago. Are you doing 1 or 2 handed swings?
    2 handed - I figured I'd start slow. It still seems to tweak my right shoulder. Sigh.

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    And thank you to all of you - I think I'll be doing easy bodyweight exercises for now. I might also acquire some lightweight dumbbells, just to get my hands back in shape.

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    Walk. A lot.

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