How to Build Big Shoulders (WITH A SHOULDER INJURY!!)

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Stop joint pain from holding back your gains with this…

Learning how to build big shoulders in the face of shoulder joint pain can be one of the most challenging things you do in a gym. That is, unless you understand what is actually causing your shoulder pain and find exercises for shoulder pain that won’t aggravate the condition more than it already is. In this video, I show you how to build bigger shoulders with a shoulder injury, without having to stop going to the gym or lifting heavy all together.

In order to get started you have to understand that there are many different types of shoulder injuries. Knowing which one you are dealing with is key to programming as specific a work around workout as you can. For instance, in my case, I’m dealing with a torn labrum in my right shoulder. This injury of the shoulder can make it very difficult to press overhead or perform many other shoulder exercises without pain due to the resulting instability that it causes in the joint.

When you tear a labrum you are decreasing your stability because of the loss of suction provided by the labrum. This tear allows the head of the humerus to float too freely in the joint allowing it to impinge other structures or be susceptible to dislocation. Over time, your strength of your shoulders will dramatically decrease and your size could slowly fade away.

That said, you also have to look to your back training for much of the inflammation of your shoulders that you are feeling when ultimately doing your pressing movements. Exercises like pullups, rows and one armed rows all place a great load on your shoulders with distraction. This is a recipe for disaster when it comes to labrum tears.

You don’t have to avoid training your back all together however, not if you make the right exercise substitutions. For instance, you can do underhand chinups instead of pullups to take some of the strain off the shoulder. The biceps can kick in and assist the movement allowing you to pull without the pain.

At the end of the day however, the key is realizing that with many injuries, stopping your training all together is rarely the best option. Instead, finding a way to pursue bigger shoulders or any other area while knowing how to work within your limits and around your pain is a key asset. The ATHLEAN-X Training System is a complete program designed by a physical therapist to help you do just that. Start training like an athlete and treating your body with the science it should be by heading to and getting the program today.

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