Getting back into the rotation of things
December 7, 2006 10:31 AM Subscribe
Help me fix my stubborn rotator cuff.
posted by dead_ to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have been very involved in fitness and lifting for a number of years. Last year I stepped up my workout routine and moved on to much heavier weights and experimented with powerlifting.
Inevitably, I injured my rotator cuff with all the heavy weights. I immediately went through physical therapy for nearly 2 months and stopped lifting almost completely. By the time I had returned to the gym, I had lost a substantial amount of strength, though I was still able to lift.
However, the problem persisted and I could still feel nagging stings in my shoulder--which was my body telling me it was time for a much more serious break.
Well, it's been almost six months of break--no lifting whatsoever--and I've decided to go back to the gym. I've gone off all supplementation and have moved the weight down to nearly nothing (my 325 pound bench press has shrank to a very tough 135).
I'm trying to take things slow and easy, but I'm still feeling some lingering pain in my arm and I really do not want to re-injure my rotator cuff... but I love strength training!
Main question: What kind of exercises can I do to strengthen my rotator cuff while I'm at the gym? Exercises that work, please! I'm looking for things that specifically target the rotator cuff, in order to strengthen it for other exercises and prevent injury.
What should I avoid?
Has anyone else ever gone through this?
Should I give up strength training entirely?
Any other rotator cuff advice is welcome, thanks!