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alexmac
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2005/08/03 17:22:43 (permalink)
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Squatting, bar giving shoulder pain

Tried doin squats on the smith machine today, later on i had pains across the top of my back and shoulders. This was the only exercise i did with something accross there and i was wondering is this normal or was i not placing the bar properly accross my back?
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    jack hammer
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    RE: Squatting, bar giving shoulder pain 2005/08/03 17:35:57 (permalink)
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    The bar should be placed across your traps .

    Let it sink.... I can swim.
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    RE: Squatting, bar giving shoulder pain 2005/08/03 17:38:08 (permalink)
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    Its always a little uncomfortable to begin with mate, I used to make sure I wore a thickish hoody on squat day - but after a while it just stops hurting and doesn't bother you anymore.
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    RE: Squatting, bar giving shoulder pain 2005/08/03 17:42:47 (permalink)
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    make sure your form is correct before increasing the weight get it right from the start then you should have no problems. dont feel silly lifting light weights at least you know your doing it correctly.

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    RE: Squatting, bar giving shoulder pain 2005/08/03 19:14:59 (permalink)
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    I use some of that foamy pipe lagging stuff acros the bar, it also stops the red marks you sometimes get when the skin gets pinched. My gym has it by the rack but you can get some for 50p at any plumbing shop.
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    RE: Squatting, bar giving shoulder pain 2005/08/04 00:51:48 (permalink)
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    mate, i posted exactly the same post about three weeks ago. Now things are working a lot better, this is what i did:

    1) change my grip from wide arm to shoulder width with my elbows facing down,
    2) place the bar on your traps, even if they are small it should not sit on the base of your neck, this will hurt like a mother.
    3) try and keep your traps tense when doing the squat

    I only use a smith machine with the plastic foam in the middle of the bar but i found that putting my towel on the foam worked better as the foam would stick to my skin...........
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    RE: Squatting, bar giving shoulder pain 2005/08/04 04:12:26 (permalink)
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    1) change my grip from wide arm to shoulder width with my elbows facing down,

    This is not good advice. Your arms should be just about even with your elbows at about 90 degrees. People with decent sized arms and shoulders cannot even get their hands to be shoulder width!

    Let it sink.... I can swim.
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    RE: Squatting, bar giving shoulder pain 2005/08/04 04:29:53 (permalink)
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    it worked for me anyway.......
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