chewybaws wrote:Do you do warm-up sets? If not, now would be a good time to start. For squats/press/bench I always start warming up with an empty bar, and then add weight till I get to my work set. I haven't found a better way to warm up than the actual movement you will be doing.
Yeah, I always do warmups for every exercise. First the bar, then about half of my work set. For deadlifts, I add in another warmup set closer to the work set as well (the other exercises haven't been heavy enough to demand a more graduated series of warmups). I also do ballistic and static stretches...not too much, just enough to feel more limber.
I have good news though! The shoulder pain seems to be gone. I didn't feel it at all today, including on the overhead press (which was a deload day for me, which worked out well with the questionable shoulder). Set new PRs of 145 for 1x5 deadlift and 140 for 5x5 squat. I've been making sure I've been breaking parallel (well, technically my gym buddy is). I was sandwiched by 2 guys on either side of me also doing squats; one was stopping a solid 20 degrees above parallel, and the other had his knees extending about 4 inches past his knees. Then on deadlift, the guy next to us was lifting a bit less than me with the most frighteningly rounded back I've ever seen...I could actually picture the x-ray of his lumbar spine when he comes in to emerg with a herniated disc. This is a university gym, so there's a lot of kids worrying about lifting the biggest numbers possible, and they're willing to use the sloppiest form ever just so they can get that extra plate on their and chat up the girls who come to do the stairmaster in full makeup .