Weekly Review: Damn Shoulders, Standing Up, Increasing Strength, Deadlifting, Unrack the Bar & Front Squat Tips

August 27, 2011 — Leave a comment
Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain...Again!

So this shoulder pain of mine has affected my bench press. I was able to do 2 reps with 295lbs a couple of weeks ago, but this week I couldn't even get a single rep. Not good.

My solution to deal this this shoulder problem:

  1. Thorough shoulder warm up before training
  2. Ibuprofen before training
  3. Face pulls twice a week for my rotator cuff
  4. I'm also tinkering with the idea of substituting dips and/or incline dumbbell bench press instead of barbell bench press during recovery days.

We'll see how it goes...

Anyways, check this out:

  1. Rob King and I agree on this: Stand up when you exercise!
  2. John Alvino shares a simple trick to increase your strength in a few short weeks
  3. Diesel Strength shows you how to deadlift
  4. Dave Kirschen from Elite FTS explains how to unrack for a huge squat
  5. Charles Poliquin updates his tips on increasing your front squat poundage

John Phung

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Ever since I started taking strength training seriously, I was bitten by the Iron Bug. Then it burrowed under my skin and laid eggs in my heart. Now those eggs are hatching and I... the feeling is indescribable.

Quick Stats
Height: 5'4" on non-squat days
Weight: 200 lb 210 lb ~220 lb (FOREVER BULK BRAH)


  • Texas Method: March 4, 2011 - April 28, 2013
  • Smolov Jr for Bench Press: June 4 - 22, 2012
  • Starting Strength: Nov 29, 2010 - March 4, 2011