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Weird Shoulder Pain

i lost 3 workouts (i.e. a week) last week, waiting for the flu/fever deal to pass over. i got back into the gym the day the fever let up.

did decline presses, first time in a LONG time.

now, its been a week since THAT workout, and i did notice a latent pain (comparable to soreness) then, but tonight its ridiculous! i’m leaning on my forearms, typing this, and my shoulder joints are actually ‘biting’… almost the way a muscle cramps due to too much lactic acid…

so, my q is, are declines supposed to affect the shoulders like this? there wasn’t any pain, sharp or otherwise, while executing the exercise. maybe i used bad form, but even then… i get shoulder aches, but they usually go away in an hour or so…

also, i see guys doing windmills (arm circles) with 5/10 lbs… is this supposed to be a form of rotator cuff work, or just warming up the shoulder joint?

thanks all.

See a doctor, it could be something serious. I don’t think that’s normal.

Yep definitely weird and you’re definitely not supposed to feel so bad.

In my opinion, simplify it. Do you feel good, or bad? If good, continue as planned, if bad, change something.

Sounds like the easiest option would be to quit declines for a while. Has stretching alleviated the pain at all?

Of course, Rest, Ice Compression, Elevation, yada yada yada.

And to your 2nd question. Why does anyone do the stuff they do in the gym? I have no idea what those guys think they’re doing. Is the movement speed slow and controlled or fast?

its slightly better this morning… think i will take a hint and stay off declines for a bit…

yea man, nothing was working, thats why i thought i’d post.
incidentally, the only thing that HAS changed is that i stopped taking my ‘greens’ supp during this time. otherwise, i don’t see any ‘nutritional’ issue here.

the movement is controlled… its like tracing circles with the arm with a weight. arm rotations?

and while we’re discussing this, are there any exercises for the rotator cuff that can be done withOUT rubber tubing stuff? so far, I found this exercise which looks like a constricted L-fly (dumbell) with the elbow pinned to the side while leaning on an incline bench…

thanks bros

[quote]burning ice wrote:
and while we’re discussing this, are there any exercises for the rotator cuff that can be done withOUT rubber tubing stuff? so far, I found this exercise which looks like a constricted L-fly (dumbell) with the elbow pinned to the side while leaning on an incline bench…

thanks bros[/quote]

Read Eric Cressey’s shoulder saver and rotator cuff articles on here. Lots of useful movements.

On the declines, did you flare your elbows out wide, or keep them tucked somewhat close to your body?