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Cracking the Rotator Cuff Conundrum

Written on September 26, 2003 at 2:21 pm, by Eric Cressey

I bet we all see things in the gym that really, really, annoy us. There’s the “belter,” the guy who sports his trusty lifting belt for every exercise, including kickbacks with pink dumbbells and marathon sessions on the hip adductor machine. Then there’s the guy who mindlessly bangs out fifteen sets of biceps curls in the power rack as you impatiently wait to do squats. And we certainly can’t forget the “Third Musketeer,” the geek who takes 45 minutes to do three sets of bench presses because he insists on reading the newspaper and sharing recipes with friends in between sets.

You get my point. Sometimes people in commercial gyms simply drive us nuts! And while idiotic gym behaviors definitely get on my nerves, they’re far cries from my greatest pet peeve: individuals who constantly grumble about rotator cuff pain.

Why do their complaints aggravate me so much? Well, the sad truth is the vast majority of them have no idea what the rotator cuff is or what it does! Let’s put an end to this unfortunate trend right now. I’ll also show you how to reap the benefits of direct rotator cuff training!

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  • One of your first posts, nice. Sounds similar to what I think of everyday at the gym and hold back from posting each time I open up WordPress.
    Been reading your stuff for about 8 months now since working with the Arizona Diamondbacks and I enjoy it a lot.
    Been blogging on my own site for 1 day now, I hope you can check out my first post and give me a little bit of feedback.
    Thanks,
    Greg Spatz, CSCS, CES
    blog.gregspatz.com

  • Ryan Nelson

    II continue to tweak my rotator cuff and it is holding me back in the gym. As I embark on adopting these shoulder exercises is there anything you suggest doing differently with 9 years of hindsight between when you first published this article and today? Thanks, Ryan


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