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    Rotator cuff strain from chin-ups

    Hey guys,

    I'm into my second week of WBB1 and I love it. However, I think the chin-ups are going to end up killing my right rotator cuff. I did chest and back on Monday, and I'm just now to the point where my shoulder is nearly without soreness. Now, I can't do a true chin-up to save my life, so I've been using the chin-up machine. (Not sure why I stuck that part in.)

    I guess my question is: Is it okay for me to switch to wide-grip pulldowns and drop the chin-ups, or should I find something else to substitute. I've been making great progress and the last thing I need right now is to break for injury.

    Thanks for the help!
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    I think i've got an injury on my left forearm, when ever i seen to do flat dumbells presses on a flat / incline bench i can't keep the one on the left still, and i get bad pains when doing it aswell.
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    I'm curious as to why your rotator cuff would be hurting so much. Are you benching correctly (bar over chest, not over neck)? I'd take a look at your form for the chest stuff. If it's still an issue then pulldowns are decent substitute. No need to go wide grip. Shoulder width grip is fine.
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    I have a bad right rotator and I have to be cautious about keeping it tight when trainign back

    when doing rows I'm cautios to never let the weight hang

    the same thing for pullups don't allow yourself to hand or spend any time at the bottom

    when you do its stretches the shoulder

    it's the same thing as not locking out your elbows when pressing

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruejam
    Hey guys,

    I guess my question is: Is it okay for me to switch to wide-grip pulldowns and drop the chin-ups, or should I find something else to substitute. I've been making great progress and the last thing I need right now is to break for injury.

    Thanks for the help!
    Just do supinated, shoulder-width chins/pulls. I have terrible rotators due to a curved bone in my shoulder, and while wide grip pronated chins/pulls kill my shoulder, the other, aforementioned way leaves me painless. In fact, I would say that is a better way to do the excercise anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max-Mex
    I'm curious as to why your rotator cuff would be hurting so much. Are you benching correctly (bar over chest, not over neck)? I'd take a look at your form for the chest stuff. If it's still an issue then pulldowns are decent substitute. No need to go wide grip. Shoulder width grip is fine.
    Actually, I think I've aggrivated an old injury. Bench presses are very comfortable to me. I'm always careful about my form.

    I'm going to try changing my grip width on the chinups and see how it goes. If the pain continues, I'll just switch to pulldowns.

    Thanks for the help!
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