I have long been more or less determined to say goodbye to my girly arms. I happen to be a female, but I'd still like to be in possession of some arm musculature. I'm a slim 19-year-old (underweight to be exact, I'm trying to put up weight and muscle), not in a bad shape, but I don't have much visible muscle except for some strong legs.
My main problem are my creaky, weak joints. I have doublejointed arms and my clavicles pop at the front if I pull my arms too far back or front and up, so it's never been too easy for me to train my arms without some ungodly sounds. I'm also fairly impatient, so I've never quite gotten to strenghtening my arm joints effectively (I'm bad at starting easy).
Now, I'm finally hoping to get serious with training, and my first goal is to strenghten my arms enough so I can start more intensive training. I tested this
workout today just because Youtube recommended it, and found out that I do not lack strength to do the recommended three sets (admittedly, I did it equipment-free since I hadn't any dumbbells at hand). However, my right elbow gets awfully loud with some of the exercises. It doesn't hurt, but I had to safety-pin a sock around my arm for DIY support and turn up the music to drown out the sound which was not too pretty. My wrists tend to get creaky too, which is why I've never been able to take up any routine with push-ups, as my wrists snap and creak and sound like they're going to come off.
Is it still safe for me to take up a arm routine? My school nurse said back in 2011 that I'd just have to strenghten those joints before more serious exercise, so it's not like anything's likely to self-destruct. Can you recommend some good and safe exercises for strenghtening doublejointed elbows and weak wrists? I'd also like to tone my whole upper body and arms, can you recommend a routine?
Here's hoping I can make sense at way-too-late a.m. Thanks in advance!