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    Lack of Shoulder Flexibility

    What are exercises/stretches to help increase shoulder flexibility?
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    Someone asked this on our Q&A. Here's the video answer.

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    Indian club swings. I just started doing them and they are awesome! I also do stretching and h rolls. Great vid above, I just don't agree with the speed of the traction. From what I have learned about traction, it's like stretching, you want to ease into and out of it.


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    Thanks. I agree with the point about traction. It is more of a stretch. We should have made that more clear in the video. It'd be really boring showing someone holding a stretch for 20 seconds in each position.
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    Thanks for the response im having some trouble with overhead lifts , so i will give these a shot.
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    You young flexible guys really make me jeolous! LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastermonster View Post
    You young flexible guys really make me jeolous! LOL!
    That sounds kind of creepy.


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    The article is no longer here, but the thread still has some good info and I have a linked YouTube video on page two: http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81638

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    Quote Originally Posted by vdizenzo View Post
    That sounds kind of creepy.
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    I personally am liking the shoulder dislocations with minis right now. I'm trying to test the waters in OL, and need more shoulder flexibility to catch the snatch. I don't have it yet but my shoulders are getting much better.... I think a lot of it is down to to daily shoulder mini dislocates
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    Wasn't there just another thread about this?

    Anyways, now you're talking MY language. Dislocates, with a broomstick (or whatever, as long as its longer than a barbell and very light). I took a long broomhandle and marked it with the competition barbell markings, all the rings, collar locations, etc. Every workout i start at the end and work in, its how i go from benching 3 1/2 or 4 plates on Monday with a LOT ov volume and doing nice, slick and fast full snatches on Tuesday. Takes me anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes to work a good hand and a half (each side) in from the collars. By the time i'm ready to start lifting its pretty uncomfortable at the extreme angles, but by then snatching with hands at the collars is second-nature. Took me about a year to go from that guy who could barely go around at maximum width to being flexible enough to like i said, do nice, slick and fast full snatches. I've also maintained that same flexibility in the last year the same way, even after putting 2" on my chest and 40lbs on my bench.

    Also, since i started doing them i've never had a serious shoulder (rotator cuff) issue. Only the occasional bitch and usually because i'm doing something stupid...

    I think the key is marking the stick/bar/pole/whatever, and setting goals, and certain daily goals even. I like to quantify pretty much everything i do.
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