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Is fear of injury holding you back; New dips/incline bench PRs; New pictures.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

August
16
2007

As many of you know, I’ve been building my strength up since I finished cutting at the end of June. The strength training program I’ve been using is very similar to MAX-OT, and it’s been working very well (you can check out my training page for details). Even though my shoulders have problems, I never worry about injury when I’m training. I’m not saying that I don’t ever think about the possibility of my shoulders blowing out on me, because I do. But when I’m about to perform an exercise I clear my mind of everything except the task in front of me. I believe that if you are overly concerned about injury when you lift or play sports, then you’re subconsciously placing limits on yourself, and perhaps even increasing your chances of sustaining an injury. That said, I do everything I can to avoid injury, including plenty of warm-up sets, stretching and practicing good form.

Yesterday’s chest and side delts workout was one for the books! I broke two personal records: incline bench press (for reps) and weighted dips (for reps). Chest workouts are particularly hard on my shoulders – especially weighted chest dips – and I was using more weight on those dips then I’d ever used in my life. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about the health of my shoulders, but I did my best to block those counterproductive thoughts out right before each set. Instead I focused on the mechanics of the lift, my power and my strength. My shoulders didn’t protest in the least bit while I was performing the exercise, and this morning they still feel great. I think all the hard work I’ve put into strengthening my rotator cuff, improving my posture and strengthening my core has really helped.

It’s been a long time since I posted any new pictures, so last night a took a few before and after my dips. Here are my goofy new pictures. I’m hamming it up, as usual.

I’ve got some cardio to get done, so I’d better get moving now. Train hard!

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