Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Injury…

The craziest thing happened last week at the gym...

I was training a friend of mine and we were doing a chest,
shoulders, and triceps workout. Before each workout we
always warm up with some light cardio to get the blood
flowing and get the core body temperature up before
jumping into our weight training.

The first exercise that we were going to do was the
bench press, a staple of pretty much any chest workout.
So we warmed up with the empty bar, then 95 lbs.
and then 135 lbs. and just 3 reps in the set with
just 135 my friend's shoulder popped!!!

We racked the weight and sure enough, he strained his
rotator cuff. The crazy thing was that we weren't using
much weight at all, but he still got a shoulder injury.

Anyway we pretty much had to scrap the workout after
that because there's no sense in doing anything more
and potentially making the problem worse. So he just
went home, iced his shoulder, and just took several
days off from training all together.

But the whole thing got me thinking about a
shoulder / rotator cuff workout article that
I wrote a few years ago...

After all, shoulder injuries are among the most
common injuries that people get in the gym.

When I got home from the gym I read over the rotator cuff
article. And while I think it is ok as it was, I decided
to add a short video clip demonstrating the exercises
that I talk about in the article because it is hard to
show proper exercise form through pictures alone, you
really need to see the exercises being done.

So that's what I did and I just finished uploading the
video to youtube not too long ago.

You can check out the shoulder rotator cuff
article and see the youtube video clip at:

And even if you don't have any shoulder problems now,
it would still be a good idea to check out this routine
and do it prior to your workouts to help keep your
shoulders healthy and prevent any future injuries
down the road.

Again, the link to the article and video is at:

1 comment:

  1. hey lee!
    those warm ups were great and actually I had come across that article of your's long time back and I always include it in my workouts. Anyway, thanks to your friend that you have a video of it now!! Now it's even on my blog, I kinda embedded it on my page!!