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1morerep
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Haven't been on TN for a while. I just seem to be plagued with setbacks. Every time I start making progress, something comes along and fucks it up. But I've been going strong since March and doing well despite a really nagging and annoying pain in my left shoulder joint. I was feeling good at the gym yesterday and just felt like sharing a shot.

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Good to see you still progressing, 1MR! You look great!

I recall a while back you had added some leg size, and it's great you still have it (I remember you were not feeling good about the "fat" gain and I feared you'd lose the new leg size along with the fat)!

I'm dealing with bad tendinitis in elbows and knees now (for the 3rd time in 3 years). And I'm the type that shrinks fast without stimulation, no matter how much I eat! For me it always seems like a step up and 2 back.

lol


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1morerep
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Hey thanks. Don't think I've progressed in a while tho. I keep re-reaching my last developmental plateau and as soon as I attempt to go past it, I get hit with a set back. And I'm still fat! lol. I'm at about 16% which is killing me. I just want to put on a few more lbs of muscle before attempting a cut but I can't seem to accomplish it. Maybe this run will yield results.

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njrusmc
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16% ???

Hell you look a lot better than 16% to me, brother. I've been through a number of setbacks recently (constant travel for work, back injury x 2, wrist injury, elbow injury) so I know how it is. Just keep training smart!

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bignate
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if thats 16%....i want 16% ahahahahah seriously dude you look fucking big and cut...wouldnt be so critical on urself. Fuck tank. Take it easy and keep it up.

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Spidey22
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He looks bigger IRL. Just sayin

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1morerep
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Spidey22 wrote:
He looks bigger IRL. Just sayin


Thanks! But I think I look bigger in pics because I can cheat and angle myself just right :)

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Dude, you're one of the rare few guys who somehow looks huge and lean at a relatively small bodyweight, and with a layer of fat!

Count your blessings, stop sweating the small stuff, and just enjoy training... even if you have to microload, create new ways to hit injured areas, etc.

Most of us here would trade with you in a heartbeat!

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1morerep
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Iron Dwarf wrote:
Dude, you're one of the rare few guys who somehow looks huge and lean at a relatively small bodyweight, and with a layer of fat!

Count your blessings, stop sweating the small stuff, and just enjoy training... even if you have to microload, create new ways to hit injured areas, etc.

Most of us here would trade with you in a heartbeat!


Thanks dude. I'm not sweating anything anymore. I'm just doing the best I can under my present circumstances. I've been fortunate enough to find work arounds for my injuries that have allowed me to keep the work load adequate.

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Hey 1MR

Are you still using that training routine from Ironman?

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1morerep
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Iron Dwarf wrote:
Hey 1MR

Are you still using that training routine from Ironman?


You mean Power/Rep Range/Shock? Yep. Of course I vary it but the basic structure is still the same.

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1morerep wrote:
Iron Dwarf wrote:
Hey 1MR

Are you still using that training routine from Ironman?


You mean Power/Rep Range/Shock? Yep. Of course I vary it but the basic structure is still the same.


That's the one!

Seems when you find something that works, you stick with it.

Anyway, have you seen a professional about your ailments?

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Welcome back, you genetically gifted bastard.

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1morerep
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Anyway, have you seen a professional about your ailments?

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No but I may have to. Luckily it doesn't bug me during my workouts. Just at the beginning while I'm warming up but by the time the work sets begin the pain is minimal. But it's afterwards where it's a real nuisance. It becomes sore and everyday stuff like drying up after a shower or just reaching for something causes discomfort.

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1morerep
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Cprimero wrote:
Welcome back, you genetically gifted bastard.


lol..thank ye

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1morerep wrote:


No but I may have to. Luckily it doesn't bug me during my workouts. Just at the beginning while I'm warming up but by the time the work sets begin the pain is minimal. But it's afterwards where it's a real nuisance. It becomes sore and everyday stuff like drying up after a shower or just reaching for something causes discomfort.


I see a specialist who specializes in deep muscle therapy, sports massage and myofascial release. He painfully sets my muscles and tendons back on track... literally.

Check your area for such a doctor.

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Hey brother what's the nature of your shoulder pain ? I had nagging shoulder pain for a pretty long time and learned to deal with it, maybe I can give you some advice. Did this pain started out of nowhere or was it injury related, etc ? Do you feel it in the joint itself or deep in the muscle ?

Looking good btw.

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1morerep
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Iron Dwarf wrote:
1morerep wrote:


No but I may have to. Luckily it doesn't bug me during my workouts. Just at the beginning while I'm warming up but by the time the work sets begin the pain is minimal. But it's afterwards where it's a real nuisance. It becomes sore and everyday stuff like drying up after a shower or just reaching for something causes discomfort.


I see a specialist who specializes in deep muscle therapy, sports massage and myofascial release. He painfully sets my muscles and tendons back on track... literally.

Check your area for such a doctor.


Thanks for the lead.

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1morerep
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DeltaOne wrote:
Hey brother what's the nature of your shoulder pain ? I had nagging shoulder pain for a pretty long time and learned to deal with it, maybe I can give you some advice. Did this pain started out of nowhere or was it injury related, etc ? Do you feel it in the joint itself or deep in the muscle ?

Looking good btw.


Hey thanks. It just started out of nowhere and it's in the joint. It's the kind of pain that hurts the most when I first attempt some sort of movement like say reaching for something. But if I repeat the movement a few times the pain becomes less and less with each time. That's how I can workout. It hurts during my warm ups but by the time the work sets begin, it's almost gone. Could it be a rotators cuff issue?

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1morerep wrote:
DeltaOne wrote:
Hey brother what's the nature of your shoulder pain ? I had nagging shoulder pain for a pretty long time and learned to deal with it, maybe I can give you some advice. Did this pain started out of nowhere or was it injury related, etc ? Do you feel it in the joint itself or deep in the muscle ?

Looking good btw.


Hey thanks. It just started out of nowhere and it's in the joint. It's the kind of pain that hurts the most when I first attempt some sort of movement like say reaching for something. But if I repeat the movement a few times the pain becomes less and less with each time. That's how I can workout. It hurts during my warm ups but by the time the work sets begin, it's almost gone. Could it be a rotators cuff issue?


By what you describe it's likely an impingement or deep knotting. If it was a rotator cuff issue you'd have trouble stabilizing the weight on presses and the pain wouldn't go away after the warm-ups, but if you wanna double check, see if you get any pain or limited room when you raise your left arm to shoulder level.

You can try massaging your whole shoulder with a tenis ball to get some blood in the area and start really light on your warm ups and make smaller weight jumps/add more warm-up sets before your work sets. Google "DC Training Extreme Stretches" and perform the shoulder and chest stretch after your working sets for shoulders, or chest, go light and for time, no need to go heavy, just try to feel the stretch.

Third, do some shoulder traction before any pressing. This will help a lot.


You can also try the DC towel stretch/broomstick, you should it find when you google the extreme stretches, but here's how it's done ( they're using a band in the vid, it's okay if you have one, if not use a towel of broomstick ):



Lemme know how it goes brother.


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1morerep
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Many thanks! Well I certainly cannot do the Over & Rope stretches but I'll give the other one a try.

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