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Warm-ups for Sparing the Shoulders

Written on March 13, 2013 at 4:34 am, by Eric Cressey

I thought you all might like to check out an article I just had published at on the topic of pre-training upper body warm-ups: Warm-ups for Sparing the Shoulders.


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  • Mark

    I just had a question about overtraining/overtrained muscles (overtrained muscles more specifically). I slipped a disc in my neck about 3 weeks ago and I really started doing a lot of rehab for my neck stabilizers. My disc has been improving at a great pace, but I can start to feel my neck flexors fatiguing very quickly and I’ve hit a point in which they feel like there about to strain/tear. I work them almost everyday with exercise and it’s definitely catching up to me. I don’t have a lot of soreness or pain, but I feel a lot of fatigue and weakness. This is defiantly a sign of overworked/trained muscles. My question is how do I help these recover besides rest and soft tissue work? Any kind of modalities I should use or is rest my best bet for a situation like this?

  • Mark,

    My guess is that you just aren’t matching tissue loading to tissue tolerance, and that the best answer is to cut back. However, necks are very tricky, so I’d encourage you to see a good PT on this one.

  • This is such a great warm-up!! Especially before using Muscle Ropes, they’re killer on the shoulders, especially our giant jumprope!!


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