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8-Week Shoulder Ability Remedy
These are the 5 Shoulder Ability Standards which put you in the upper 1% of Shoulder Bulletproofing:

External Rotation for 15 reps = 5kg/11lb for Females and 7.5kg/16.5lb for Males
Powell Raise for 6 reps with 6 seconds down on each rep = 5kg/11lb for Females and 7.5kg/16.5lb for Males
Cross-Bench Pullover for 10 reps = 12.5kg/27.5lb for Females and 20kg/44lb for Males
Trap-3 Raise for 5 reps with a 5 second hold at the top of each rep = 5kg/11lb for Females and 7.5kg/16.5lb for Males
ATG-style Shoulder Press for 10 reps = 12.5kg/27.5lb PER hand for Females and 20kg/44lb PER hand for Males

Below are two videos for each: first a tutorial, then a live demo of the Standard by my original Shoulder Ability trainee and longest-term ATG Staff Member: Marcel Betancourt (each is a link, just click!):

External Rotation Tutorial plus Standards Demo
Powell Raise Tutorial plus Standards Demo
Cross-Bench Pullover Tutorial plus Standards Demo
Trap-3 Raise Tutorial plus Standards Demo plus Alternative (if you don't have an inclined bench)
ATG-style Shoulder Press Tutorial plus Standards Demo

To be clear, you do not have to do the 8-week Shoulder Ability Remedy to achieve these Standards and be in the upper 1% of shoulder bulletproofing and anti-gravity, because these are 5 of the 8 Upper Body Standards from the 20 full body Standards program. And if you're seeking shoulders in the upper 1% OF THE 1%, be sure to read this full Numbers article, so you know what the World-Class marks are, too.

These 5 moves are broken into two different sessions:

The single-arm work (External and Powell) is one session, and the double-arm work (Cross-Bench, Trap-3, and ATG Shoulder Press) is another session. By alternating each session, every other day M-W-F, you will achieve 12 sessions of each after 8 weeks, which is the estimated amount of sessions needed to reach the Standards, and be in the upper 1% of shoulder bulletproofing.

Each exercise is done for 5 sets, and it's very important to send me a video of your 5th and final set each time - the program is on the app for form-coaching convenience.

The theory behind the program is SIMPLE and based on two principles:

1. Pain is often a math equation of how hard you stress an accelerator vs. how strong the DEcelerator is for that area. 

2. You're only strong in the range you train, and your weakest link is the place where you may leak energy and be vulnerable to injury.

To illustrate this, watch the world's fastest baseball pitch (the number one cause of shoulder surgery) in slow motion, in REVERSE.

What do you see? Right off the bat (the end of the pitch), you will see the Powell Raise. The Powell Raise is biologically the best way to target the scapular (shoulder blades) retractors:



According to my original mentor, Charles Poliquin, the scapular retractors are the weakest muscles in the modern human, due to the lifestyle of excess sitting, and overemphasis on half rep push-ups and bench presses, which tighten up the pecs and thus shut off your ability to use your scapular retractors.

Push-ups themselves would be better done like this.

And even bench presses can be done correctly. When I coached football players, they still benched, but with custom bars I created to allow full range of motion. The one year I coached a high school football team, they went undefeated and had the most D1 scholarships per player of any school in America. But in the scheme of things no one cares, because I don't bench. [I'm a basketball player, and it's simply not necessary for my style of play in my sport. I use a minimalist training philosophy and only use tools I believe are vital.]


And before the powerlifting coaches can even get to the argument of: "But you're stronger at the top so you never get enough weight with that bar" - just add chains! :)


[Editor's Note: if you want to get one of these bars, I suggest getting in touch with @mr1nf1n1ty - who I believe will be the first to market with a quality ATG bar. I get a lot of questions about equipment ideas I have come up with over the years, and why I have never sold equipment. If you ever ran your own business - I don't care if it's selling toilet paper - it consumes your life. I choose not to sell products so I can give all of myself to this membership, and no other business. Others can and will produce the adequate equipment. It's a funny story, but I was "this close" to having Cam Newton as the spokesperson to popularize these ATG Bench Bars. It didn't work out, and I took it as a sign then and there to never get into the equipment biz, because I could already see that it would take away from giving all of myself to my membership, which is my true passion.]

The reason I suggest starting with incline first is simply that most athletes have already done proportionately too much flat benching and flat push-ups, and the upper pecs are proportionately weak. Want to know if you're strong enough? There is a simple formula based on physics:

You should not lose more than 1% strength for every 3 degrees angle.

For example: your 45 degrees incline bench should be 85% of your flat bench (45 divided by 3 = 15). Your 30 degrees incline should be 90% of flat (30 divided by 3 = 10). And your straight up behind the neck press, from dead pause on your traps, should be 67% of your flat bench (it's 67% rather than 70%, because you're actually leaned forward about an extra 3 degrees).


But don't worry if you don't have a custom bar. As stated above, I'm expecting ATG bars to be mass-produced within a few years.  In the meantime you can and SHOULD master using dumbbells with parallel grip to allow fullest range of motion (since the dumbbell isn't arbitrarily stopped by your chest), which is actually senior in importance to the ATG bar, because the dumbbell version ensures you have balanced strength between sides, in addition to the benefits of full range. Most have spent years neglecting the full range, so you'll benefit from some years getting it up to par with your top range.

This video shows how to use dumbbells on an Incline. The Standard for this bonus movement (it's not one of the 20 essential human Standards) is 12.5kg/27.5lb for Females and 20kg/44lb for Males, per hand, for 15 reps. I like higher reps here, to ensure you embrace the stretched position, and don't risk going too heavy into an area you should be strong in, but likely have never trained. After that's easy, I think the ATG bar becomes more important, as it is more user-friendly for lower reps with heavier weights. Not enough feedback exists yet to know what the World-Class number would be with the ATG bar.


Now, getting back to the topic of your DEcelerators, and re-visiting this clip of the world's fastest pitch in reverse slow motion, you will see (after the Powell Raise) a combination of Trap-3 Raise and External Rotation.

Trap-3 Raise is so named because you have three rows of trap muscles, and this exercise targets that third row, which is very, VERY hard to get to:


This is why you might think you feel your lower back muscles on this exercise, but really that's just how deep those lower trap muscles go!

A lot of evidence stacks up indicating an epidemic of back/shoulder/neck problems from your upper spine lacking mobility and strength due to the modern lifestyle of sitting. For this reason, the Cross-Bench Pullover itself precedes each set of Trap-3 Raise. Some will never be able to achieve the Trap-3 Standard, without first possessing the Cross-Bench Pullover Standard:


Here's some of the evidence I'm referring to, regarding this major issue of modern lifestyle reducing thoracic mobility:

"evidence of reduced thoracic mobility in individuals who spend >7 hours/day sitting" Heneghan NR, Baker G, Thomas K, Falla D, Rushton A. What is the effect of prolonged sitting and physical activity on thoracic spine mobility? An observational study of young adults in a UK university setting. BMJ Open. 2018;8(5):e019371. Published 2018 May 5. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019371

"Thoracic mobility was reduced in the neck pain population" Joshi S, Balthillaya G, Neelapala YVR. Thoracic Posture and Mobility in Mechanical Neck Pain Population: A Review of the Literature. Asian Spine J. 2019;13(5):849‐860. Published 2019 Jun 3. doi:10.31616/asj.2018.0302

"There is evidence... associated with shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tendinopathy, rotator cuff tears" Ludewig PM, Reynolds JF. The association of scapular kinematics and glenohumeral joint pathologies. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2009;39(2):90‐104. doi:10.2519/jospt.2009.2808

Then pressing FROM this position really locks things in for your shoulder bulletproofing (the ATG-style Dumbbell Shoulder Press), and it's easily measurable by doing it with one head of the dumbbell on either side of the shoulder:


The final exercise we haven't mentioned yet is perhaps the most important: the External Rotation. It hits a very different part of your shoulder deceleration complex than any of the other tools:
(Rear View)


I find that this tool alone is the most responsible for rapid shoulder miracles, and I've had dozens of athletes told by their doctors and athletic trainers that they would have to "live" with their shoulder pain, or wait until after the season for surgery, only to find it go away within a FEW sessions of Dumbbell External Rotation.

I believe the reason for this is that it's probably the most vulnerable area when it comes to shoulder pain, much like having a weak VMO leaves your knee so at-risk.

No studies have been done on the External Rotation, and it takes exercise and rehab science about 20-30 years to fully verify and re-do the textbooks, so don't expect any broad publicity of this magic exercise any time soon.

In fact, not one of these 5 ingredients have ever had a study done upon it, but each FOLLOWS the clues evidence says we should be tracking down.

Well, they're tracked down, they're precise, the data has been collected with thousands of users, and they're ready for anyone to benefit.

Don't forget that exercise science spends almost 7 times more money studying acceleration than deceleration, even though most injuries happen in deceleration. So I'm not relying on exercise science to ever be the source of solutions, and may just be a big waste, when common sense and my real-world research over YEARS (rather than the mere weeks which most studies are done with) can serve us so much better, more logically, and without the bias of hundreds of billions of dollars in profits from us BEING IN PAIN AND INJURED.

It's like politics: "fixing" politics is not the answer; taking responsibility OURSELVES is.

Not to mention it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to even go through our education system and get an exercise science degree in the first place, even though you can study all the same books in 1/10th of the time, without memorizing for exams, and actually using the data 10 times more in the real world.

So here's an evidence-BASED routine whose only master is PHYSICS, which I'm giving to you for free, without billions of dirty dollars clouding my judgment:

[The following routine is on the app for ease of memory and for form-coaching on your top set for every exercise, every session. Just request Shoulder Ability through Messages in the app.]

Session A
A1) Dumbbell External Rotation: 5 sets of 10-15 reps, resting 30 seconds between arms, and another 30 seconds before...
A2) Dumbbell Powell Raise: 5 sets of 4-6 reps, being sure to control 6 seconds down on each rep, resting 30 seconds between arms, and another 30 seconds before beginning your next set of A1.

Don't forget to film and send your last set on each, and don't forget the ATG style: start with a light weight you know you can do with ZERO pain. If you reach the top of the bracket, you must add weight. If you fail to exceed the bottom rep of the bracket, you must decrease weight, thus ensuring you work in the correct zone on every set.

So for External Rotation: if you get 15, increase weight. If you get 10 or less, decrease weight. If you get 11-14, stay the same. Same applies to Powell Raise at its own reps (get 6 = go up, get 4 or less = down, and get 5 = stay the same).

Session B
A1) Cross-Bench Pullover: 5 sets of 8-10 reps, being sure to fully pause at the bottom of each rep - no bounce! Then rest 60 seconds before...
A2) Trap-3 Raise: 5 sets of 3-5 reps, being sure to pause for 5 seconds at the top of each rep, then resting 60 seconds before...
A3) ATG-style Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 5 sets of 8-10 reps, being sure to pause at the bottom of every rep: zero momentum from "bounce" - resting 60 seconds before your next set of A1.

Be sure to film and send your last set on each through the camera icon for each exercise in the app, and follow the rep brackets as indicated!

Yours in Results,
Ben
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