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    eek... it's lil' Fixation! fixationdarknes's Avatar
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    Rotator Cuff work before or after my workouts?

    I generally just do a couple sets of high-rep RC warmup exercises with a light dumbbell before my workouts. Should I be doing it after though? Instead, or in addition to?

    My cuffs just always feel so tender after sports like football or frisbee golf. I'm starting to think there is some kind of past injury I'm unaware of because even when I feel like I'm taking very good care of my RC's with warmups and proper technique, they just feel so vulnerable, like it doesn't take much to make it hurt for the next couple of days.

    Thanks. And hi WBB. Haven't been here in a long time, this has always been the best place to go though compared to all the other related forums out there =D
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    I try to visualize that my girlfriend is under the weight and I have to push the weight up to save her. Of course it doesn't work and I just laugh as I think about the weight slowly crushing her bones. Then I remember it's me under the weight and give 200% effort to push it back up.

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    You should post this in the powerlifting section as well.

    I don't see the point of rotator specific warm-up prior to exercising. The reason why is that your exercise specific warm-up should be more than sufficient to cover the rotator cuff. One thing you may be doing is actually fatiguing those muscles which are already weaker than the larger muscles of the shoulder thus leaving them more prone to minor or significant injury.


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    Thanks chris. I don't notice much difference now after having omitting rotator warmups prior to my workouts. But if anything I actually do feel a bit better. I'll post it in the PL section, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    I try to visualize that my girlfriend is under the weight and I have to push the weight up to save her. Of course it doesn't work and I just laugh as I think about the weight slowly crushing her bones. Then I remember it's me under the weight and give 200% effort to push it back up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixationdarknes View Post
    Thanks chris. I don't notice much difference now after having omitting rotator warmups prior to my workouts. But if anything I actually do feel a bit better. I'll post it in the PL section, thanks.
    You are welcome.


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