So, all I can figure is that any length of time holding my arms out (or up) at the shoulders was just something I can’t do.

Yeah, started at 5 too. For me it was probably physical. At one point I was at a gym – around the age of 30. I was doing really great on all the machines and freeweights. I have a naturally muscular frame and protein agrees with me so I bulk up easily… except….

overhead press.

It was the weirdest thing. Whatever weight I went to, from the max I could handle down to NOTHING, I could only get 7 or 8.

Then, nothing.

I couldn’t do a thing.

I’d rest for a minute or two and try again. MAYBE I could do 5.

Rest for a little. Then maybe 3

Then? None at all.

Consistent pattern.

Asked my trainer about it: he mumbled something about some extra bone that some people have in the rotator cuff that prevents them from being able to do more than a few… but I was a little skeptical. To this day, I have nothing else to go on.

Yet, as a teenager, I won 3rd place in State for my weight class for “Clean + Jerk”. Same kind of motion. The strength wasn’t a problem.

So, all I can figure is that any length of time holding my arms out (or up) at the shoulders was just something I can’t do.

So while in a generic way, perhaps the poker chip thing is right for a majority – for me, it just won’t happen.

I still want to know what the heck it is with the shoulders – but whatever. Never hindered me.

My PTSD over the poker chip thing is _probably_ because both that piano teacher + my typing teacher later mocked when I said it hurt. Thing is: it did. But most teachers teach generically.

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