Tucker: A picture is worth a thousand words

I’ve been working hard to fix up my shoulder for a while now, and I had a big breakthrough. I had a long workout over the weekend and did every exercise and hit every little muscle in the rotator cuff and shoulder stability complex. The YWT workouts I mentioned in my last post have been a game changer, BTW. I’d highly recommend anyone, shoulder injury or not do that exercise.

Back to my story – Towards the end, I noticed a feeling on the back of my shoulder. It wasn’t a burn like the muscles were getting fatigued, more like scratching an itch. After a few days, I was able to continue to feel that spot, and gave some light pressing and pulling a try, while keeping focused on that area. The result was significantly less popping! It wasn’t perfect, because depending on the hand angle I still had a little bit of a pop in the elbow, but overall it was pretty amazing. Funny enough too, when I engaged that area, and moved through a pressing or pulling motion, I could also feel it on the outside of my elbow…. Exactly where I’ve been having pain for a while now. Coincidence? I think not! 

I ran home immediately and had Julie assist in drawing a mark on my shoulder where the feeling was so that I could send it to Paul and the other folks that are helping me, and so I could do some research. From looking at it, that’s right where a lot of muscles all come together – the rotator cuffs attach to the humerus, the long head of the triceps attaches to the shoulder blade etc. It’s tough to pinpoint if it’s one or the other, but it’s safe to say that area was unused and very stiff for a long time. Now that I’m getting stimulation and blood into it, both my shoulder and elbow are feeling better and better.

 

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Tucker Loken is a Bodybuilder turned Powerlifter turned Powerbuilder from Eugene, Oregon. He did his first bodybuilding show when he was still in high school, and has been training male and female competitors for shows since 2011. Several years ago he decided to take a step away from his normal routine and learn how to get strong. He worked with Brian for 9 months, added 200 pounds to his raw total and qualified as an Elite lifter in the 220 pound weight class. He returned back to bodybuilding much stronger and now incorporates the 10/20/Life philosophy into his training to keep himself healthy and making continual progress in the Big 3 as well as adding size and shaping his physique. Now part of Team PRS, he brings his unique expertise of nutritional knowledge and how to balance Bodybuilding with Powerlifting to help athletes achieve their best potential.

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