“Replace pain with strength” From Crossoversymmetry.com
Are you suffering from shoulder pain?
Do you find it difficult to work your glutes and hamstrings?
Have you realized that your butt is shrinking with age?
Don’t have a gym or a GHD machine?
Have you stopped working out because of an old or recurring shoulder injury?
Are you contemplating shoulder surgery?
Would you like to have stronger shoulders to be better at your sport or just plain life?
Who doesn’t want healthy and strong shoulders?
These are common questions from not just athletes but ordinary people who don’t spend a lot of time on physical activity. In fact under-use is one of the causes of shoulder problems. By developing poor posture and sedentary lifestyles, one can most certainly develop problematic shoulders. That being said, this article pertains to most everyone.
My first shoulder injury was in high school while playing football. I wasn’t offered therapy, but told to immobilize the injured shoulder in a sling for a few weeks then get back to the weight room. Needless to say, my shoulder never fully recovered and by 20 years of age I had already lost a good deal of mobility in that shoulder.
I became a dedicated student of shoulder therapy during my military days. After the Army doc diagnosed me with rotator cuff damage from a parachute jump, he handed me a 4 foot length of surgical tubing and a four page sheet of rotator cuff exercises with rough illustrations on how to do the movements. My treatment plan was to attach surgical tubing to a door knob and perform each movement daily for six weeks.
I remember thinking out loud that this must be a joke. The Doc just smiled and said “give it a try”.
I was very skeptical and wondered how so little resistance could be of any benefit. The Doc explained that the rotator cuff is a group of small muscles that support the shoulder socket and are used for support only and not for heavy lifting. I got through the six week program with positive results and a new education on how the shoulder works.
Later on in life, since I hadn’t done any therapy or surgical tubing exercises in a long time, I developed some problems with the same shoulder. Although I had been doing a large amount of kipping pull ups, which may have been a trigger, I believe my problems were cumulative. Getting up there in age and wear and tear were starting to show up in some of my joints . I got to the point where I could not do a pull up without extreme pain. Luckily I discovered Crossover Symmetry when the inventor of the system was working out in our gym and gave me a demonstration.
Since that time I have been an avid user and trainer of the Crossover Symmetry system. There was a brief period during my hip surgery and recovery where I didn’t use the band system and it sounds crazy but I started having shoulder problems from the bad limp I developed. This was from swinging my bad side to compensate for my limp. I promptly got back onto a daily dose of band therapy and got my shoulder back to normal after about two months of continuous use.
As a longtime trainer and coach, I have seen many shoulder injuries that could have been prevented or rehabbed properly, had we had the Crossover Symmetry band system.
I strongly suggest looking into this system if you answered yes to any of the questions I asked at the beginning.
Just look at the astounding numbers of professional sports teams using the system.
For the price of a medical deductible, you can have lasting and sustainable shoulder health by spending about 8 minutes per day doing simple shoulder protocols. These protocols, activation, recovery and strength, optimize the shoulder movements and promote circulation to all parts of the shoulder.
This is a scientifically developed system and is not a random movement. Bands come in multiple resistance levels to allow almost anyone to use. When I say almost, I mean there are some who have lost almost all movement and should seek medical advice before using this system. The movements follow a specific sequence and target the entire shoulder girdle including rotator cuff muscles.
Crossover Symmetry has also developed a hip and core system. I used this in my personal hip rehab program which I have completely recovered from.
As the title alludes to, yes, you can build your butt/hamstrings, aka posterior chain with the door strap included in the Crossover Symmetry package (if you order that model). The posterior chain is inherently lazy and needs frequent waking up to do its fair share of work.
If you have a fitness bench or a door, this strap can be used as an anchor implement to do one of the most difficult exercises without an expensive glute/ham developer machine. See what I mean by watching …
If you are interested in getting this system and would like more information, please use my Crossover Symmetry referral link.
Use my discount code E2FN if there is no current discount promotion.
The Crossover Symmetry site has very thorough and up to date training resources explaining how to use their system.
I am available for in person and group training in the Raleigh/Durham area.
Did you know that a strong grip is part of shoulder health and is a good indicator of overall health? Check out my other article highlighting the importance of grip strength.