I really love the Power Training program, let me tell you. It's challenging. It's hard work. It's fun. Unfortunately, it looks like I will either have to stop the program only one week in or significantly change it to account for my shoulder.
I don't know when I initially hurt my left shoulder. I do know that I am weaker on my left side than on my right side. It could have been while doing chaturanga in yoga or anything really. But it's injured. My doctor identified the pain as tendonitis and recommended that I take it easy for 6 weeks. Of course, I didn't want to stop so I've been trying to work with it by modifying exercises and avoiding certain moves that I know aggravate the pain. But today, I realized that I really do have to back off. I was actually gripping my shoulder at the gym and just in my daily, I am finding myself being ridiculously ginger with it. It hurts when I drive. It hurts when I pick up my kids. Yeah, I have to back off.
I don't think completely stopping my training will work, though. I am not willing to lose my gains in the weight room and lifting, actually going to the gym to lift is something I *really* need psychologically for a host of reasons I won't detail right now. So my inclination is to substitute rehab exercises for the vertical and horizontal push/pull portions of the PT program for at least 6 weeks to see if I can heal this shoulder. I googled around and found this shoulder rehab protocol. I also found out that Eric Cressey (who wrote Maximum Strength, one of the programs I thought of doing before deciding on PT) is kind of known as "the shoulder guy". He has written an article in 3 parts called Shoulder Savers which I am going to make time to read:
After 6-8 weeks, I am hoping that I would have healed my shoulder. At that point, I will probably re-start Power Training as written. Here's to hoping.