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01/18/2014 at 12:47 am #70730Steven FarlieParticipantHello, I recently bought the Supple Leopard book and a subscription to the Mobility WOD episodes trying to find answers to an issue with flexibility. I can no longer perform back squats as my upper body is too tight to hold the bar on my back, I can grab the bar but my hands are wide, as in near the plates and this is still uncomfortable… I thought this was solely a shoulder issue but after reading and watching some of the videos it seems it could be shoulders, pecs, lats, etc… What should I address first? Are there any videos that address this? I need to work on everything but would love to be able to do regular back squats again.Thanks,Richard
01/18/2014 at 9:56 am #73837Anonymous
Yes it is probably a combination of elements impacting your ability to grip the bar.
Here are a few to start with.
Episode 44: Global Dehydration and Stiffness, Pecs, Tri’s and Internal Rotation
Banded Lateral Opener
Super Front Rack
Overhead w/External Rotation Bias
Daily Rx January 18
01/18/2014 at 9:59 am #73838
I have a similar issue. However I can wedge myself in tight but my right elbow is taking serious abuse. I’m switching to high bar squatting to allow the elbow time to heal.
01/18/2014 at 10:02 am #73839Anonymous
Have you addressed your tricep at all?
Tight triceps can impact this. See the episodes above.
01/18/2014 at 10:01 pm #73845
I have and do spend quite a bit of time on my triceps. I have a rare cardiovascular disorder and have bone hypertrophy difference from right to left side. My right forearm is near an inch longer than my left, so my right takes more abuse on most of the movements and is always tighter.
01/19/2014 at 9:11 pm #73851Anonymous
Are you seeing any improvements?
Have you addressed shoulder position?
Have you looked at anything downstream?
The difference in length of your forearms definitely is an impacting factor.
Are you able to replicate a stable organized shoulder position?
01/21/2014 at 9:39 am #73860
I do and I can maintain stable shoulder for most movements. OH kettlebell squats, close grip overhead squats, ring dips not as well. I’ve been following the site since the project. I think the biggest problem is lack of internal rot and extension since when doing the low bar back squat I can’t keep the shoulder as far back. as need and therefore can’t produce the best external rot torque and the elbow takes the hit. I ante up daily for 10-20 minutes but early on I focused more on band distraction (it just seemed easier) and less on soft tissue, but now I’m working the tissue more frequently which is helping. I’ve had 32 years of unbalanced movement that I’m recovering and it just takes more time.
01/21/2014 at 9:40 am #73861
01/21/2014 at 2:17 pm #73869Anonymous
And for the skills that don’t fall into the “most movements”?
For ring dips it sounds like you may be internally rotating at the shoulder.
Are you working downstream at the Tspine?
T-Spine Internal Rotation Smash
It’s Not Just Absolute Position, It’s Stability as Well
Better Shoulder Extension = Better Bench and Dips
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