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Shoulder is hurting, but I’m going to battle on.

Monday, January 19, 2009 by  
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This is it: week 17 of my 17 week bulk starts today! I’ve mentioned in passing a couple of times that my body is feeling pretty brutalized from the past 16 weeks of non-stop intense training, but the full story is my right shoulder (among other things) is smarting pretty bad right now. Thankfully the shoulder is not hurting the same way it has in the past. Back in 2004 the pain was such that it was impossible to lift. For example, if I stood in a doorway and tried when raise my arms to the side, a very small amount of pressure was all I could take. This time I can do the “door” test with no issues. The pain is most acute when I raise my arm overhead, but that debilitating “weakness” is not there. So, thankfully, I am able to lift. Even heavy overhead presses and bench presses are possible, so long as I do plenty of warmup sets. That said, I’m glad that a week-long break from lifting is on the near horizon. I need it.

The interesting thing is that what aggravated my shoulder was not weight training; it was washing my car. I am going to have to do a better job of using my left arm to polish, because that movement seems to really hurt my right shoulder.

I want to be clear that I am not advocating that anyone ignore injury or pain. Yes, it is appropriate to fight through certain injuries and some kinds of nagging pain, but if you are a beginner you should always err on the side of caution. If in doubt, always see a doctor. As you gain experience you will start to have a pretty good feel for what you can get away with and what you can’t. I’ve been dealing with my shoulder problems for six years now, and so I understand the difference between “uncomfortable” and “you need to stop”. That said, there is always risk involved when fighting through injury. That risk is something that I am keenly aware of. In other words, don’t lecture me about it – my choice to complete this final week is made. 🙂

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