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Side external rotation vs prone

How does a side external rotation with a resistance band compare to external rotations lying face down in prone position? My physio had given me the prone version a while back for some anterior ...
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How to build strength for 40lb kettlebell turkish getup and snatch with just body weight

Background: I am in a situation where I do not have access to a gym nor have any additional weights around nor equipment like parallete, pullup, dip bars etc. The only odd thing I have is a 40lb ...
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Strengthening internal rotation / Subscapularis

What are the most effective ways of strengthening the Subscapularis muscle? I know most places on the internet say this isn't necessary, because apparently the subscap is always too strong and often ...
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Shoulder discomfort

When I'm doing incline curls with my elbows behind my body, or lat pulldowns and I'm at the very top of the movement, or when I'm doing cable chest flies, I feel a discomfort or irritation throughout ...
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Why is shoulders internal rotation often seen as the devil?

Shoulders internal rotation is seen in many exercises (bench press, pull ups, barbell row etc) as the devil, whilst external rotation is suggested without limits. This is an example, referred to a ...
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How can we prevent shoulder impingement in the overhead press?

Here it is written, about the Overhead Press, that At the bottom position, you need to be initiating the press in something called the scapular plane. Such that at the bottom position your elbows are ...
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Bodyweight exercises too taxing on delts

Been doing calesthenics for 3-4 years and have progressed to intermediate and advanced exercises. However, I find that my deltoids seem to be constabtly overworked. Planche, dynamic handstand ...
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Do lat pulldowns / pullups help to improve posture?

If you have rounded shoulders / a scapular anterior tilt... will doing things like pull-ups/downs help to fix it? I've read mixed opinions on this topic so it's hard to know what to believe. Some ...
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Which muscles do loaded carries train that are not trained by other compund movements?

In this video Dan John lists loaded carries as a basic movement pattern (along with push, pull, hinge and squat). He further goes on to say that loaded carries (e.g. farmers walk) is the one movement ...
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What sports / hobbies would strengthen the lower traps?

I've had a number of physio appointments for my winging scapular, and have mostly been given exercises for my lower traps and serratus anterior. I've now been told I'm okay to self-manage. The ...
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Why should the shoulder blades be protracted (at the top) in push - ups while in bench press not?

here (and somewhere else) it is written that: At the top of the push-up, your shoulder blades should be fully protracted—moving your shoulder blades away from the spine. As you descend, they will ...
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What shoulder muscles do side-planks work?

Apparently side-planks are a great exercise to improve shoulder stability, but I'm having trouble finding out what shoulder muscles are actually worked when doing it? Am I right in thinking it would ...
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What are the risks and chances of hanging with loose shoulders?

In the climbing scene it is common to train finger strength by hanging from small holds. It seems to be a consensus that hanging with relaxed shoulders is considered to be dangerous and unhealthy for ...
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Why might a AC Tear (Grade III) increase susceptibility to Trapezius strains?

If someone sustained a grade III Acromoclavicular separation and performing all the relevant physio, maintained good on-going general health and fitness and also good shoulder strength and mobility - ...
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Is there such a thing as having weak shoulder internal rotators?

I've always been more focused on keeping my external rotators strong, as I heard that it is normally those that are weak... and that the internal rotators are generally the more strong / dominant ones....
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At the top of the deadlift (i.e., when you have picked up the barbell), are you supposed to roll your shoulders back?

At the top of the deadlift (i.e., when you have picked up the barbell), are you supposed to roll your shoulders back? Or are the shoulders supposed to remain the way they were when you grabbed the bar ...
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Reducing the dangers of upright rows

I am aware of the debate on the dangers of upright barbell rows and I acknowledge both sides. The fact of the matter is that it is a great compound exercise but a huge bummer is that it deserves ...
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What activities are good for your posture?

I'm looking for fitness related hobbies that are good to counteract a typical rounded-shoulder / desk posture. I spend a lot of time at a desk (even more so since the lockdown started) and it causes ...
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My homegym workout doesn't allow me to add 1 rep at each set of my Military Seated Dumbells Press

I want to increase my reps on the Dumbells Seated OHP. But I can't. I even tend to regress (reps decrease) ; I eat a lot and I sleep well. I'm tired every day, I don't know why. You will find the reps ...
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Shoulder pain at top of pull-up

Most of what I find online is shoulder pain when one's body is at the bottom of a pull-up. Each set I do is 8-10 reps, and I've been doing about 7 sets every day for a few months. Prior to that, I ...
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How to improve shoulder mobility for lowbar Squats

I use a wide grip for bench and have a fairly developed chest. I struggle to get the bar into a good position for lowbar, but don't want to widen my grip as I find I get better tightness with a ...
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Frontal Elevations VS Military Press: Differences in terms of muscles used, hypertrophy and speed of progression in terms of number of repetitions?

I would want to know what are these differences between dumbells frontal elevations and dumbells military press?
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What exercises can temporarily replace the barbell/dumbbell bench press?

I injured my shoulder rock climbing and I cannot bench press anymore as I get pain in that range of motion. Dumbbells are painful too. I can still overheard press fine, and I can do straight bar dips, ...
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giving the left shoulder a rest. can I train squats and\or the right arm?

Despite being cautious with the bench press I noticed I feel my left shoulder a bit more when I do reverse grip lat pull down as per the picture below. I was considering training the right arms and\...
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Preventing shoulder pain after weight lifting?

What are the best strategies to reduce the risk of shoulder/back pain after weight lifting? It doesn't feel the same as soreness, I feel like maybe it's from either poor exercise performance/form or ...
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Muscle imbalance at latissimus dorsi

I am right handed so when I learned a scapular retraction cue, I was able to execute better and more with my right shoulder, and because of that, I exaggerated and overused it with my right shoulder. ...
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Exercises for an overweight person to decrease weight who is also suffering from back ache due to long sitting hours

So I mostly have to sit at a desk for 13 hours a day, even on weekends (I'm an 18 year old student who is a bit over weight too) because of which I have severe back problems. I want to change this and ...
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Helping ease my back pain when I'm studying 13 hours everyday, even weekends

I am a student and I usually have to sit at my study desk each day including weekdays and weekends for about 13 hours or more. I have a pretty hectic schedule and I sometimes suffer from back pain (...
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Posture and appearance [duplicate]

5’11, 140lbs male. Rounded and lowered shoulders, rounded upper back, slightly forward neck. Light Scoliosis and moderate pectus carinatum. Fall asleep on side, then sleep on stomach. Many hours ...
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What can I do to work on uneven shoulders / back?

During a bench press, on the way down, my spotters tell me that my barbell is coming down a bit slanted, which I think means that I have uneven shoulders / back. What can I do instead to correct this?...
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Unable to cross stretch and link hands from behind the back

I have a query regarding arm flexibility. Please refer to the picture attached. As you can see, the person is not able to cross stretch and touch the arms behind the back. How can we fix this issue?
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What is this exercise called and what is it's purpose

Referring to the image below, the arm involved in the exercise is bent to 90 degrees throughout the exercise, as if doing hammer curls, only that the arm stays in that position throughout this ...
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Switching rep ranges to improve overhead press?

So I've been plateauing at 135 on ohp recently. Previously I had been starting at a given weight for 3x3 and then slowly working up to 3x5 before upping the weight. However at 135 anytime I get above ...
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Triceps Pushdown - Why Pain in Shoulders [closed]

I was Doing Triceps Pushdown & I am getting more pain in shoulders instead of Triceps, If i put less weights, than i dont get shoulders pain, so is it better to reduce weights or may i continue ...
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High weights at shoulder barbell press

I was attentioned at the gym today by a "gym bro" that doing shoulder presses with the barbell at a total of 50kg barbell + weigths is dangerous and nobody should do it. I am doing 5x5 reps and i find ...
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Do I need to squeeze my back when I am doing overhead(military) shoulder press?

I love overhead(military) shoulder press that activates my shoulder. But I've found a problem: If I don't squeeze my back when doing overhead(military) shoulder press, my left shoulder kind of ...
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I started weightlifting more seriously and now my shoulders are popping

I've had small stints of weightlifting my entire life, but recently I've tried to get more serious about it. I started taking supplements, I added more routines, I started following recommended lift ...
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How can i solve my shoulder pain during exercises in gym? [closed]

My name is Aaron, and I'm 23 years old. I've been doing exercises for 1.5 years but I have one problem related to pain. When I am doing exercise of biceps, my shoulder starts hurting prior to biceps ...
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Triceps/rear delt take over rows

Everytime I row my rear delts and also my long head of the tricep take over the row. I have also tried dumbbell/cable pull overs and it's the same time thing... my delts and arms get all the action ...
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Can we do pressing movements two days in a row

Currently I am working on Chest & biceps [ Mon ] , Triceps [ Tue ] , Back [ Wed] , Shoulders [ Thu ], Legs [ Fri ] from Mon to friday.... Somewhere i read below : Try not to do pressing ...
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How do I fix scapular winging? [closed]

I have a winged scapular on my left shoulder blade for many years. I start working out around two years ago. Sometime the winged scapular will disappear and someday it pops out again. I need a solid ...
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Rotator Cuff Training

Should I train my rotator cuff before or after a workout and how many days a week should I train it. Somebody also hit me up with a good routine for the rotator cuff.
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What time shall I eat Protein? (a regular cyclist who wanna gain shoulders)

I'm a little confused due to my situation. I bicycle a lot everyday as a mode of transport, however I do weight training 3 times a week specifically focusing on arms and shoulders. Overall, I'm new ...
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I can't figure out which muscle is weakest/tight

So I'm a female, age 26, height about 5'5', weight about 116-119 pounds, no medical conditions, no medication, was active in sports and regular exercise from age 11-16. I have a few problems which ...
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Deadlift/squat: should I spread or pinch together the shoulder blades? What can happen if I got it wrong?

I did squats and deadlifts with my shoulder blades spread (as a trainer told me - every exercise, he says, the shoulder blades should be pushed back spread). That correlates with some weird twitching ...
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Arnold Dumbbell Press mechanism

Why it is beneficial or harmful to rotate my arm at top, if i dont rotate will it impinge any muscle or nerve?
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Identification and effected muscles of excercise

What is this excercise and which muscles it works out?
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Asymmetry in cross body shoulder stretch

I have recently noticed that I have a huge asymmetry in the cross body shoulder stretch. In particular, when stretching the left arm, I can push it to be almost parallel, to my body, while with my ...
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Injury cause in elbow position

I have experienced two injuries: one doing bent over dumb bell row like this I got injured when my elbow left contact with my torso and flared up outside and got sharp pain in my shoulder. Other ...
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How to avoid little red dots when doing hand stand pushups?

I like doing hand stand pushups cause its a full shoulder workout, but I tend to get little red dots on my face -- a result of pressure and bursting tiny capillaries apparently. Has anyone figured ...
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