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Old 07-08-2006, 07:10 AM   #1
Rich Krauss
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what are the feelings here on arms not going below parallel? Reason for asking is I'm having pain in shoulder and not sure if I'm putting too much strain on rotator cuff going all the way down to chest with bar.
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Old 07-08-2006, 07:54 AM   #2
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slightly narrow, more tricep emphasis movement (look at some of the westside BB bench stuff) tends to be a bit more forgiving on the shoulders. This is more PL specific than a classic BB chest emphasis movement. Use accessory moves like weighted ring dips that allow normal scapular movment while giving your shoulders a rest.
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Old 07-08-2006, 08:42 AM   #3
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I know that Rippetoe advocates a shoulder press workout for every bench workout. He seems to think it prevents imbalances from happening and keeps the shoulder healthy and happy.
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Old 07-08-2006, 07:53 PM   #4
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I think if it's a matter of weight, heavy weights hurt but light weights don't, then you should drop the weight and keep the full ROM. If it's just a movement issue then you should compromise on ROM (and keep the weight).
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Old 07-10-2006, 07:12 AM   #5
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Can you perform a pushup with your chest touching the ground? If so, you can probably get a full rom on bench, you may just need to tweak your form.

A couple of things you could try:

1) better shoulder warmup
2) some horizontal rowing to prevent muscle imbalances
3) keep your elbows tucked
4) bring the bar lower on your chest (near the bottom)
5) lower the bar with your lats and stay tight
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