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I did a pecs/delts/triceps workout last night.

Friday, June 11, 2004 by  
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Last night I was sitting around thinking about how bad it sucks that I still have shoulder pain after all the treatment I’ve undergone over the last 6 or 7 months. I also couldn’t stop thinking about how badly I wanted to do an upper body workout. Facing almost certain surgery, I finally said to myself “Oh, to hell with it. If they have to cut me to fix my shoulder, then what have I got to lose at this point? I know it’s not a rotator tear, it’s impingement so if I do a workout then everything will be nice and inflamed and that will reduce the chance that the doctors will miss whatever is wrong when they go in for a look. So, YEAH! I’ll actually be helping the doctors.”

Logical? Sure! …eh, ok, maybe not. Definitely questionable logic (at best). Anyway, last night I thought my idea made perfect sense so I worked my pecs, delts and triceps. I did lots of warm up sets, and worked my way up to moderately heavy weights. I did bench presses, incline dumbbell presses, bar dips (not weighted!), lateral raises, military presses, standing tricep extensions and bench dips. By the end of the workout my shoulder was not feeling too hot (not horrible, but some amount pain). The joy I was feeling from the pump and the workout far outweighed any pain I was feeling in my shoulder. After my workout I iced the shoulder down for about 20 minutes, and that helped a lot. I could barely lift my arms by the time I went to bed (due to the workout, not from any shoulder pain!) This morning my whole upper body is sore, including my abs thanks to Wednesday’s workout. It sure feels great to be sore again.

So, how’s my shoulder this morning? It’s actually ok. There’s a little pain, but it’s really not too bad – especially considering what I did last night. It was a pretty light workout, so at least now I know that I’ll never be rid of this problem until the inflamed bursa is removed and/or they fix whatever is causing the impingement. I’m glad I did the workout. I needed it badly. I can’t wait until I can resume my training again without worrying about such things.

Happy Friday, I hope you enjoy your day!

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