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Crossover Symmetry is a great system for protecting and strengthening your shoulders. Easy to set up and use even with limited space.
Crossover Symmetry bills itself as “the shoulder system proven to eliminate pain and optimize performance.” Given the importance of the shoulders, not only in golf but in life, this certainly got my attention. I added Crossover Symmetry to my normal fitness routine for three weeks to see if the claims are true.
Set Up & Ease of Use
A major part of Crossover Symmetry’s appeal is the ease of use and the ability to set it up anywhere. There are three different mounting systems: one for a door, one for a squat rack, and one that mounts to the wall. Installing the wall mounts take a little work, but the other two systems go up in a couple minutes. I was particularly impressed by the door mount, and it has become the set up that I use in my home. Where many fitness products demand huge commitments of floor space, Crossover Symmetry requires virtually none.
Once you have the mounts and straps in place, the exercise card (below) shows you exactly what to do. It shows fourteen different exercises with three variations for each: activation, activation plus, and recovery. The card also recommends a tension level for each exercise which I found to be a good starting point. You can find even more exercises and routines in the training manual and in the online Training Zone.
The timing of this review ended up being perfect, for unfortunate reasons. I’ve been getting back into Super Speed training after a winter layoff, and it’s caused some discomfort and popping in my right shoulder. This was a perfect opportunity to test Crossover Symmetry’s effectiveness.
I added Crossover Symmetry as a warm up before practice and Super Speed sessions and in place of some of my normal weight lifting on shoulder days. The morning after my first workout let me know that I was using some new muscles – I was really sore! After the initial workout, I didn’t experience much soreness but it still provided a quality burn.
It didn’t take more than a couple workouts to start seeing and feeling the results. The popping in my shoulder ceased immediately as did the discomfort. I’ve also been able to move to heavier bands on some of the exercises, and I’m seeing gains in my other lifting as well. Finally, there’s more definition in my shoulders and upper back. In short, I’m hooked on Crossover Symmetry because it delivered exactly what I wanted in very short order.
With a wide variety of packages and accessories, you can spend a little or a lot on Crossover Symmetry (support PluggedInGolf, buy it HERE).
Pictured here is the Deluxe package. It costs $380 and has everything: all six pairs of bands, mounts, and training materials. If you have the cash and are serious about training, it’s great to have all the different bands. I have found some exercises where I can use the 40 lb bands and others where the 3 lb bands are best.
I would suggest most people start with one of the $190 packages that includes the manuals, mounts, and two pairs of bands. This will get you started, and you can add other bands for $45/pair as you get stronger.
Finally, I would strongly recommend that you start a level below what your ego wants to buy. The whole idea here is that you’re working muscles that are underutilized. You’re much better off using a lighter tension safely and correctly than having to jerk and cheat your way through the workout with bands that are too heavy.
Whether you’re looking to alleviate shoulder pain or prevent it, Crossover Symmetry is a solution that I can’t recommend highly enough. This is a system that can fit into any home, schedule, and budget, and it works as promised.