Dips + Shoulder Mobility | More Pecs when Pressing | Shoulder Flexibility and Punching Power [ASK ERIC]

I’ve been reading through the 1200+ responses to the Shoulder Flexibility Survey I sent out and I’ve come across some great questions that I figured I’d answer in today’s QnA video, such as:

Does shoulder tightness affect punching power? [01:04]

Do exercises like Dips adversely affect shoulder mobility?  I seem to have problems with shoulder pain and headaches after doing them.  Thanks! [02:56]

How can you limit the involvement of the shoulders in chest presses? [05:42]

No names since the survey was anonymous. 😉

Tons of actionable info in today’s video so make sure you check it out if you want healthy and balanced shoulders.


If you’ve got a question about training for MMA or martial arts, nutrition, injuries or anything else that you’d like me to answer in a future QnA video, submit it here.

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When I do sparring and throw punches I get some sort of shoulder impingement and later feel a sharp pain when I lift my arms or do any upward movement with my arms. Can you suggest any remedial exercises?


If you have rounded forward shoulders, how can you fix that, because I get pain in my neck on almost every exercise.
(mainly rows, bent over raises, and shoulder press.
Thanks for the input


that’s why I’m launching this in a few weeks: www.shoulderflexibilitysolution.com


Eric, really like these QnA’s thanks for providing them. Regarding chest press/bench, also keep in mind wide grip vs narrow. Of course wider grip has more impact on shoulders and narrow hits triceps harder. I didn’t know lowering the bar closer to middle chest has less shoulder impact, so nice tip I picked up today. Have great wknd!


Great vid Eric. Learned some more info today.