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Troubleshooting November 2013

on Friday, 01 November 2013.

I feel like something is wrong in both shoulders when I train a number of exercises for delts. It feels somewhat injurious although not bad enough that warrants me visiting a Doctor. I just sometimes have to change the angles that I am working, or sometimes I feel I have the strength to increase my weights, but I don't because I feel if I do it will cause something more serious in my shoulder area. I suspect rotator cuff issues. Any advice?

To manage shoulder pain effectively it is essential to understand the concept of impingement and in particular the relationship between impingements and instability. Most shoulder pathology relates to these two factors in some way.

Troubleshooting October 2012

on Wednesday, 03 October 2012.

If I am continually lifting personal bests in the gym every week is this a surety that I am gaining more size?

This is actually a really great question. Strength gains in the gym can come from neurological improvements or fibre morphology (changes within the contractile filaments, proteins hypertrophy etc.) or a combination of the two. Neurological improvement refers to the improved efficiency of the nervous system to recruit high threshold motor units. Many strength gains are due to neurological improvements not hypertrophy.

Troubleshooting October 2013

on Tuesday, 01 October 2013.

Troubleshooting September 2013

on Monday, 02 September 2013.

Ingrid I have recently signed a 12 month contract whereby I shall be working a fairly demanding 80 hour week for the next year. My single focus for this year in terms of my training is a dramatic improvement in strength. I am interested in your suggestion for a suitable training program for me to achieve this as well as being time savvy. Thanks in advance.

My advice would be to follow a fairly simple plan that will nail your goal, that of increased strength without getting too complex. So I am going to recommend the 5/3/1 training program that was devised by Jim Wendler. Wendler is a highly reputable strength and conditioning coach who has lifted over 1000 pounds in powerlifting meets.
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