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Is it terrible and wrong? I'm willing to concede he knows a fair amount more about training than I do with his multiple years under the bar. Bill Starr is also a very reputable source. There are some subtleties that I think are worth calling out: Bill Starr recommend sets of 15-20 for rehab--which is consistent with all the rehab advice I've read. The ...


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What I've heard--and this is mere hearsay, I'm no medical professional--is that any attempt to use heavier weights (and thus lower rep ranges) with the small muscles of the shoulder is nigh-impossible, because the larger muscles, the prime movers, take over after a certain weight. Keeping the weight very low allows the stronger prime mover muscles to hang ...


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I'm also not a medical professional. I had minor shoulder problems in my early 20's, and was put on rotator cuff exercises (plus a basic strengthening program). And it worked, and I did rotator cuff exercises fairly consistently (along with regular weight lifting and sports) for about 10 years. What I found when I tried to go any heavier than the lightest ...


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RTC Strengthening You may want to link to some of the programs you reference that “always work them with the lightest pink dumbbells and in the >15 rep range”. I suspect that the RTC exercises referenced are rehab exercises for RTC injuries. Injured tissue is exercised differently than normal healthy tissue and often specific muscles are worked in ...


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It is a very bad idea. The main role of the rotator cuff muscles is positioning the center of the Humerus head in the precise place during each movement (avoiding the dreaded humeral head migration), so that the action of the "big" muscles (pecs, lat, deltoid heads) does not result in soft tissue impingement and the rotation takes place smoothly. By ...


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Mark Rippetoe and Starting Strength don't advise sticking to light weights for rotator cuff work. He says that your rotator cuffs will strengthen in the appropriate amount if you just press correctly. Pressing actually strengthens the rotator cuff muscles. When you press overhead and finish the lockout correctly, all of the muscles of the shoulder ...


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The teres minor muscle is part of the rotator cuff and it externally (laterally) rotates the shoulder. It does so in combination with the infraspinatus, so I'm not certain that you can fully isolate it. To Strengthen the external rotators together, you can do so with: Cables or resitance/thera-bands in a neutral position or in an elevated position Free ...


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Personally, unless you have a known deficiency or need to strengthen them for a specific reason, I would just let your normal training take care of them. They are ancillary muscles for most movements (Which means accessory or helping muscles), and their primary function is to stabilize/rotate the upper arm, mostly by keeping the head of the humerus in place ...


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Please learn the difference between assistance work, accessory work, and rehab work. Cuban rotation is not a strength exercise, and therefore should not be done in order to improve strength. If you want shoulder strength, stick with strict presses. I don't remember seeing any Cuban rotations in Mark Rippetoe or Jim Wendler's work. You should start doing ...


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To answer this question, we need to break the quote into two sections. Pressing actually strengthens the rotator cuff muscles. When you press overhead and finish the lockout correctly, all of the muscles of the shoulder are tight and contracted. As the weight goes up over time, the strength of the finish must increase and the force produced by ...


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I think that you need to consider whether or not the rotator cuff exercises before lifting are a light warm-up or performed to the point of fatigue. If the exercises fatigue the rotator cuff muscles, then as @Mephisto cautions, the humeral head will migrate superiorly especially with overhead exercise such as the shoulder press. This is an unwanted ...


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I myself have become very interested in this area, based on my research I have discovered that Massachusetts General Hospital actually DO recommend doing warm up exercises under the heading Prevention of Injuries in Weight Training The source can be found here: ...


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The rotator cuff is collection of four tendons and muscles. Most people don't target them until they've had some form of injury to the area. They are typically exercised using bands, towels, cables, stretches, and very light weights. If you've had previous problems with your rotator cuff, it's not a bad idea to warm up first. Make sure to perform any ...


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First, there's no way for any of us to diagnose what's wrong. However, as someone who has had a surgical repair of the rotator cuff, I might be able to provide some insight into what you're experiencing. The rotator cuff is a somewhat complicated bundle of four muscles, tendons and ligaments, of which any one, can be injured. And, I don't think performing ...



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