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Old 11-01-2008, 08:23 AM   #15
Emily Mattes
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Steven, it's hard to indicate where my shoulders hurt by a picture. If you place your hand on the top of your shoulder and cup it, the entire area covered by the hand hurt. Like I said, the pain went away when I wasn't doing jerks or presses or anything that required me to apply an active vertical force. It was suggested this may be due to my relatively weak upper back (I can't even do a kipping pull-up right now, to give you an idea of how weak it is). That would fit with Derek's reply as I may be keeping my shoulders rounded because my back is too weak to keep them pushed back when I'm supporting weight.

I figure I'll finish the CA strength cycle--there's only one more week. I actually found out last night my coaches on my Olympic team are writing everyone programs next week, and one of them said he'll write mine with a strength focus. So that's cool!
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