How to Fix Shoulder Pain for Bodyweight Strength Athletes

A Guest Post By Shane Dowd, CES, CMP

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If you are a serious calisthenics athlete, it’s possible you’ve experienced one (or all) of the following:


  • Pain in the front of your shoulder (during muscle-ups, dips, pushups, etc)
  • Pain when your arms are overhead (during pullups, handstand pushups, etc)


What is causing your pain could be a variety of things. Shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tendonitis and bursitis are common in the physical culture community.

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The back lever is a fundamental exercise in the world of gymnastics. By developing this skill on the rings, it opens the door to immense tendon, ligament and body alignment strength.

And the best part?

It translates to all strength pursuits, not only those exercises used in gymnastics and bodyweight strength training.

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