CT - currently on 4th day of the circuit and I’m loving it. I’m at a commercial gym and we have no dead-squat bar so I’m using the parallel grip trap deadlift bar, weighted dips, high pull, push press & weighted pull ups. I was shot today heading into the gym as my CNS just isn’t use to this level of effort even though I’m not a newbie and have been at it a while and use proper peri-workout nutrition.
I’ve completed a few of John Meadows programs too so the level of intensity isn’t the problem just the frequency of the compound movements I guess. That leads me to the first of my two questions …
Will I be better off to push through as I have been and hope I adapt quickly or scale back the weights a bit and see if that helps immediately?
Second question is related to the high pulls. I had so much shoulder pain today in my left shoulder that I had to stop all high pulls after the 3rd rep on the set of 4. I haven’t done high pulls very much in the past although I have experimented with them while trying to get better at the hang snatch. I probably went to heavy too quick and caused the inflammation but now I’m worried I could actually really injure myself if I continue with the high pulls at all. I hate this because this was one exercise I really was looking forward to because I really want that ‘yoked’ look you say is best achieved with the snatch grip high pulls in the article you did about the most bang for various lifts/body parts. Also part of why I chose weighted dips … Ie due being the best pec builder and I haven’t ever loved bench since really straining my right pec in college.
So my question is this … If I lose the high pull (which I’m guessing I should vs just lowering weight and seeing if I lose the pain over time) what would be the next best exercise to put in its place for my traps and rhomboids?
Thanks so much for your time … I know you’re a busy man and this isn’t feting you paid!