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Yellowjacket

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  1. Awhile ago, I had an injury. I hurt my left brachioradialis lifting a heavy suitcase the wrong way. It took an incredible amount of time to recover, even to 90% functionality. When I started trying to build back, my right rotator cuff had weakened to a point that it made progressing extremely difficult. I ended up hurting it and I've spent time recovering since about last OCT. It hurt during bench press, back, shoulder press, and even arm work. Half decent weight would cause the right shoulder to become unstable and there was a lot of motion in the GH joint. Grinding, popping, etc.
  2. Why not get a fretless bass guitar? I've tried them and I absolutely love them. It's not exactly like a contrabass and you can't really bow it, but at least you're not dealing with frets and the tone is cool! Also, they cost less than a cello tehe!
  3. Well, I'd usually advise people to run the other way when thinking of starting a stringed instrument but your background on bass may prove very useful. Hot tip, you'll have to change your bow hold to an overhand hold (Look for examples on youtube of how to set that up) and the instrument is tuned in 5ths instead of 4ths so the fingerings will likely be different. The strings are way thinner. It's a cool instrument but it is also incredibly demanding. She'd probably be dwarfed by one!! They're huge and quite awkward haha. So I guess you are wa
  4. Ya, thanks. The shoulder really is #1 priority here!!
  5. So, the goal of my last challenge was to start recovering my right shoulder while working on Cardio. Well, here's what I have been doing for shoulder: Lots of stretching Rear Delt work. Standing L laterals Seated L Laterals. I'll add more rotator cuff work as I get stronger but generally, super light weight is best. It helps target the desired muscle group. Heavy weight begins to recruit the larger muscles and they don't need work. I got my bike back from the shop last week so I'm good to go for cardio. I'm going to take it easy and slowly work up the wei
  6. Did a workout today. The more rotator cuff exercises and stretching I do, the better the shoulder feels. I can play Cello for longer again and I can lift more weight in the gym. The upper body workouts are generally short and more frequent. I am expecting the weight to naturally increase as the shoulder continues to become stronger. Just have to do my best not to become greedy!!
  7. Late last night I did a shoulder workout. Weight wasn't impressive but I'm impressed how much more stable my right shoulder feels after one week of stretching, rotator cuff, and stability work. The right shoulder aches all the time but the discomfort while lifting was almost entirely nonexistent. I did DB press 40lbs x 12 reps. Obviously can push more but that's not the point right no Bentover L laterals. 10lbs x 10. Bench L Laterals. 10lbs x 10 followed by 10lbs x 10. Standing rotator cuff shoulder rotations 5 lbs x 20 Lying rotator cuff shoulder rotations. 3
  8. HI everyone. I'm a professional musician, fitness nerd, and family guy. Busy dood is BUSY! I've been active with may of the challenges but I want to have somewhere that is a little more regular. Current goals: Rehab right shoulder. A right arm injury has migrated to becoming a shoulder imbalance and rotator cuff problem. Now that I can finally lift dumbbells up for DB press again, I'm going to try as many DB exercises as possible to work on stability. The focus will be on shoulders: Stretching, training, and rotator cuff movements. For rotator cuffs, I'll be working on rear
  9. Well, back from vacation and we were slightly bad during our trip. The Feb cut was fairly good and I can tell I'm leaning out so far. Right shoulder is not so great still but I am beginning to narrow down the problem. I tried some dumbbell press instead of bench press and it was clear that it is the external rotator cuff and rear delt on my right side that are weak. I'll need to train exclusively with dumbbells for some time while I focus my training on my shoulder and the support structures. This means I really won't be able to train heavy back for some time and it also means it was likel
  10. No kidding. Been busy but trying my best to get it done now! I am currently here http://www.magfest.org/mivsentry/second-shot/presenting and hoping that I can say somewhat on the wagon with the nutrition. I'll be down to business when I arrive home anyhow! X Country Skiing is awesome and super fun cardio. It also really increases ankle stability. I notice that I'm going cardio again because simply walking around is way easier! Lifting is slow, especially with the shoulder. Whenever I jump into training it can get hurt. For instance, trying to bash out a leg workout in 20 minutes af
  11. Hay Jeebas, so I'm in washington DC now waiting for the director to show up at Reagan National! We're here: http://www.magfest.org/mivsentry/second-shot/ I'll probably be pretty easiest to spot out of the three of us because I'm pretty tall and not a small guy. Have fun!!
  12. I'm really feeling the deficit right now. UGGH. The high quality foods make me feel better overall but I feel like I'm STARVING!!! 2,500 kcal / day is not starving onesself. At least that is what I keep telling myself. Feed the muscle, starve the fat. Shoulder feels like 90% and it just sort of hovers there. I'm really enjoying what cardio does for available energy and stamina. I love the weights and I'm doing what I can to ensure I can keep lifting.
  13. Skiing followed by squats = pain. It was good yesterday anyhow. So far, I'm not having cheat days this time around and opting only one cheat meal a week. Cheat meal / refeed. Also, lowering carb intake on non training days and trying to get as much activity as possible. I cracked the ski on my GT Snoracer (I have an old, big adult sized one) so I'll have to track down a replacement part for it. I used it for the sled pull although I'm thinking a toboggan may be a better investment for a number of reasons: Namely, more resistance and also something which is more robust. I can pull it w
  14. Sample Weight Training: For chest I'll typically do just sets of 10 rep bench press up to around 200lbs then I'll do like 6 reps. I'm not really pushing to failure but it helps. I tried doing barbell rows sets of 10 reps with 120lbs. Then parallel handle pulldowns to engage the lats. Then some cable rows for the mid back and some light weight deadlifts. Sets of 5 reps up to 220lbs. Yes, the weight feels light but the shoulder doesn't seem to hurt and that's more important. For arms, I did sets of 10 reps for dumbbell curls and got about 7 reps at 40lbs on my last set. Feeling weak fro
  15. Well, it was working pretty decently back middle of Sept but I was pushing too hard and it ended up hurting more and more until eventually I had to stop training. I've essentially taken two months off from training heavy and now I'm easing back in very slowly. Limited numbers of sets, not too heavy weights, lots of rest time. I'll also be doing some rotator cuff training as well. The Cross Country skiing helps with cardio and keeps the metabolism going even if I can't train as much. I will have to give up somewhat on the notion of being muscular for the summer since I'll have to focus on
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