Tucker: My first workout in a year

Well it finally happened – I had a good old chest and biceps workout just yesterday. And guess what! No significant popping or pain!

I went in the morning with a friend of mine and got there early so that I could warm up with my particular needs, and then we had a very standard workout – Bench Press, Incline DB, Machine Press supersetted with Pec Flies, and then some curl variations to finish off biceps. I only used 25’s on each side of the barbell and 40lb dumbbells, so it’s not like I was back to slinging around weight, but boy did it feel good. If I was fatigued or wasn’t focused on keeping the right muscles engaged I had a few little crunchy moments, but I was able to adjust during the set to get those to go away.

I expected to feel quite asymmetrical during the workout, but it dawned on me that it’s not like I’ve just suddenly become weak in some areas and strong in others, I was like that for years, I just wasn’t paying attention. With all the body awareness I’ve gained this last year I can tell there’s a major difference between one shoulder and the other, and that’s where my pain has been coming from. My left shoulder blade and trap feels snug and strong against the bench when I press, whereas my right side doesn’t feel like much of anything. Instead of giving resistance and holding strong as the weight descends, it just feels mushy and soft….. I even noticed when I was standing there with a pump that my body wanted to slide back into its old posture. Not if I have anything to do with it!

This journey has been a wild one so far, and I’m not back to health by any means, but from where I was at in the beginning of this year…. Just being able to lift weights without a constant popping and cracking is huge progress.

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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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