Well first let?s eliminate the lower body. Nothing wrong there, squats, leg press, leg curl, calf work, etc etc? all good always making gains to some degree. So my lower body wasn?t a problem at all. Upper body was the problem. I couldn?t understand it. My big lifts were ok, it was when I did isolation work that things didn?t go as planned. For instance my bench was consistently good although sometimes I would really have to work it just to maintain the poundage, they were a least going up slowly. I am not talking about close grip or wide grip bench, just normal, everyday, stock standard bench. For a long time there was no pain just a slow drop in the weight I was able to do. Bicep curls of any sort is where I started to notice it first. Then I noticed I was getting weaker on the triceps press downs, couldn?t really get the full movement unless I lightened the load. Keep in mind there in NO pain what so ever, just couldn?t get the full movement especially near the end. Beyond that when I started to isolate the chest like with fly?s, I started getting weaker. Again I wasn?t able to complete the full movement with out taking a pound or two off each time. Sometimes it would be OK in that I was able to do the same weight I did in the prior workout but then the next time? a few pounds off to complete the movement. On and on. Strangely enough my over head shoulder presses were for the most part unaffected. Ironically if you look at the structure of the shoulder the muscles that cover the joint really are not directly connected or pass through to the rotator cuff as do the bicep tendon, pec tendons, triceps tendon, etc etc. All these tendons can become inflamed if the rotator cuff becomes inflamed. It?s kinda like an infection if you will. Suffice it to say the result was that the big compound movements were OK because other joints could take up the slack and for the most part compensate for the rotator inflammation. Progress was slowed way down but steady. The smaller isolation exercises is where it stopped and started to get weaker. Finally after months of no pain just an unexplained weakening, first my right shoulder started to ache. Not bad, just a very dull ache that went on for a bit, the ache slowly getting to be a problem. Then the left shoulder came on line with a big ache! In hindsight, seems I was compensating for the right shoulder and that is why it hit so hard. Couldn?t even sleep on the left one. After MRI?s and Doctors etc etc turns out to be chronic inflammation of the rotator cuff in both shoulders. Not the worst thing that could happen and totally fixable. Anti-Inflammatory meds and lots of rotator cuff work with really light rubber band things and weight and I was back on track. Talk to Eric Cressey, he is very easy to talk to and help me a lot with just thinking things through. A great guy. [/quote]
Wow! well hopefully what I have is not what your describing, as Im going up in weight on some isolation exercises where it seems you were maintaing or going down on yours.Although as I said Im going back before I can go forward.I will keep an eye on my poundages though and if they keep declining and I get pain in my arms then I will go see a doc or talk to Eric Cressy and mention what your described.Im glad to hear you go it all sorted though.
And thanks again for informing me of this condition