I love that pic LoL, anyways........
To those who read this =
My name is ben and I was, believe it or not, born without rhomboid muscles. I found this out by going to the osteopath (who by the way is my mums friend and does not charge me, so he is not just trying to get money off me).
I didnt believe it at first myself but it made sense considering how my back looked in comparison to others when I put my arm behind my back (my shoulder blade sticks out ALOT more than anyone elses! It looks like a chicken wing, good party trick, i get allot of "Woh! Thats Mad!" when I do it), or the fact that when I was on a college course involving gym work we were all stretching our shoulders by pulling our arm across our torso to the opposite shoulder, everyone would have a "wow this stretch is intense" look on their face while I was standing there thinking "this is doing nothing!".
Dont get me wrong, it does have its good points, for instance I have a longer punch reach than anyone with the same length arm (due to no restriction from rhomboid muscles), this can be good in martial arts or sport fighting (which is one of my interests) but it is a pain when it comes to weight training!
I regularly read T-Nation articles, study nutrition, body building and whatever I can towards my body goals (like most guys- big, lean and healthy).
I make sure my nutrition is exceptional, I train smart and hard (when the workout requires it) and I get enough rest, recovery and sleep (I work on improving these areas progressively with updates on new discoveries, just like everyone else).
Unfortunately this "being born without rhomboids" thing does limit my abilities for certain exercises and does make it very hard to keep my form solid due to shoulder instability (shoulder press is very hard for me to keep my form solid during especially).
I am passionate about exercise and working out, so when I put all my blood, sweat and tears into my workouts and my shoulders "buckle" it is very frustrating. Fortunately this frustration and anger makes me work harder on my form, "I AM NOT LETTING THIS S**T GET IN THE F***ING WAY, YOU WAIT TILL I GET MY HANDS ON YOU NEXT SET!!!" is often an internal auditory dialogue I come across LoL.
This all being said I would like to invite anyone-
- Experienced lifters
- Anyone who can add their own thoughts
Basically anyone who can contribute (more heads are better than one this one) towards any ideas around=
~ Workout tips
~ Specific exercises that can help improve a workout for someone who has no rhomboid muscles (me or anyone else who is the same, I heard it is 1 in 500 people, though most never find out).
~ Ways around the instability problem (I have come up with a few myself but would like to hear others thoughts).
I have no probs with my nutrition, rest, recovery, sleep, its just the workout problems due to this absent rhomboid, but more and any info is welcome on anything that can help/contribute.
In spite of this I am pretty happy with the results I have been able to achieve considering this P.I.T.A (pain in the arse).
Anyone who can contribute I give thanks to. Feel free to ask any questions . Wishing you all fulfillment in your goals, dreams and anything you drive towards. Laters
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