Tucker: Release!

What a stroke of luck! Not only have I been able to start lifting more seriously lately, but I had a big breakthrough right after my last physical therapy appointment.

My PT, Mr. Bradley Evsich, and I followed up with more core work and some various tests to see my progress, and then at the end he decided to do some manual therapy to get my lats to loosen up. I didn’t think it would be of much help at the time, but a few hours later I felt a huge release in my left lat, trap, rhomboid and shoulder area. My right shoulder has been my main concern because of its injury and weakness, but for a while my left side was all jacked up by being tight and stiff and pinching a nerve in my brachial plexus. I could never loosen it up because when I’d stretch it I’d get a shooting pain down to my fingers…. No more! This time my shoulder opened up, and although still very stiff, it was much more manageable than it had been in the past. My left shoulder wasn’t stuck back and so immobile anymore, it could move forward much better than it had been able to in the past.

Over the last couple days since I’ve gained more mobility in my shoulder, the extra movement has moved all the way down my torso. I could feel my left hip opening up all the way down to my inner thigh, and my right side was engaging much better.

Funny how those things work. I already was feeling like I was making progress, but this sealed it up for me. Slowly but surely, my body is getting healthier.

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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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