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Zakk2000 Zakk2000
Tue, Dec 1, 2009 11:12
Dubbell Flyes?!?
Ive been doing dumbell flyes as my workout calls for but it seems that even if I keep my elbows at the proper angle it seems to hurt my front and top of my shoulders. Am i doing them wrong..with to much weight...whats the deal here?

lelogosdemoi lelogosdemoi
Charlotte NC
Fri, Dec 4, 2009 14:12
rotator cuff
Sounds like your rotator cuff is straining, which (assuming you don't have an injury) probably means your lats, chest and shoulders are weaker than they should be. I would recommend you drop the twisting motion for a few weeks and work on strengthening your shoulders (shoulder press), upper chest (incline bench), traps (upright bar rows) and lats (lat pull downs) before you go back to flyes. You could also drop weight to keep from hurting but then you won't really working hard enough to make it while your while. Better build the muscle base and then come back to the twisting motion at a weight that will give you results w/o the risk of rotator cuff injury. Tricep dips are great for shoulders too (as well as triceps), though if flys bother you they might also.

Sat, Dec 19, 2009 12:12
Switch to Incline
This is an old posting but I'd figure I'd put my two cents anyway. Dumbbell flies put a lot of stress on the front deltoids at the bottom of the motion as you've obviously discovered. I like to load the weight which can be a problem for flat bench flies. Thats why I've switched to incline flies. They incorporate more of the deltoid (rear and lateral) allowing you to handle the weight better. I'd definitely recommend switching. I am 90% sure most of the pain your describing will go away if you do.

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