The last few days I’ve really been feeling some soreness in my right shoulder. I’ve had some minor issues with it for a while, and recently my left shoulder has been a bit achy, too. This is a warning sign: my shoulders are inflamed for some reason or another (most likely from overuse) and they need a rest. My regular old kettlebell routines involve a lot of overhead work in the form of clean and press, overhead press, and the most likely culprit: windmills.
Now I love working out, and I adore kettlebells. I don’t want to injure myself seriously and be forced to give them up! So I’m using ice and heat alternately, as well as some ibuprofen, and I’m adjusting my workout routines to remove heavy shoulder work. So goodbye windmills, at least for a while, and hello straight biceps curls and lunge throughs.
You don’t have to keep pushing yourself if you feel your body isn’t happy. In fact, you shouldn’t! Listen to your body, and rest if you need to. I work out 6 days a week, and often have a very active rest day. I guess I need a break, and that’s okay. For a while, I’ll focus on the lower body, and less ballistic shoulder exercises.
Take care of your body, it’s the only one you’ve got!