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Old 01-30-2007, 09:03 AM   #1
Richard Paul Ham-Williams
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Hi All,

I hope you are well.

Active shoulders is now just confusing me:-)

Is the shoulder active only in the "upside the ears" position or are they active whenever working against the direction of resistance?

For over head I get they need to be engaged with traps and pulled high, however, I see from journals that during a push up it is recommended that the shouders be protracted in the top position, which would also make me think an active shoulder in the Bench would also be protracted, although I can only see this as being potentially dangerous/painful?

I have been under the impression (and am able to bench again becuase of this) that the shoulder blades should be retracted and pulled down by the lats when benching - which of course would not be working opposing the direction of resistance -help :-) ?

What is the actual definition of "active shoulders"?
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Old 01-30-2007, 09:51 AM   #2
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Active is pushing against the load. At the top of a dip or on L-sits shoulders should be pressed down so your head is as high as it will go. On OHS, HSPU, etc shoulders pressed up so your delts are against your ears...
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Old 01-30-2007, 11:12 AM   #3
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Ok cool, got that bit right:-)

Is active shoulders a that really only applies to overhead movements?

The whole bench and giant discussions I have read confuse me a little

Cheers for you repsonse Roger
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Old 01-30-2007, 01:09 PM   #4
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Active shoulders applies to all movements. How they are activated differs by movement. I couldn't tell you what optimal technique is on bench press. I haven't done a bench press in a very, very long time. Activating shoulders properly will dramatically stabilize isometric positions and can add tremendous power to dynamic movements.
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Old 01-31-2007, 03:02 AM   #5
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Thanks Roger,

I have only just started benching again after many years away from it as it used to hurt my shoulder, after trying the down and back advice it seems ok but thent he whole active shoulders issue with push ups got me thinking as to how it applies to bench and many other movements.
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