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    Bad Shoulder = Bad Chest Workouts

    I recently have been having problems with my left shoulder and it has been extremely slowing me down on chest days. It makes benching very difficult and flys hard too. It is not pain, but it feels as if my shoulder is just going to collapse leaving the weight to fall onto my neck. I never had an extremely strong chest and benching was always a little bit of a weak point for me, possibly because I am 6'3'' with even longer arms that than, but I was able to put 185 up 10 times. Now I don't go past 135 because of fear that my shoulder will give out and the weight will fall on me and consequently kill me lol. Doing 135 all the time is no challenge for my chest, but is extremely difficult on my shoulder, so I end up not getting anything done with my chest by the time my body is telling me not to go further. Does anyone have any ideas on alternative chest exercises that could be less stressful?
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    Originally Posted by qcbaseball View Post
    I recently have been having problems with my left shoulder and it has been extremely slowing me down on chest days. It makes benching very difficult and flys hard too. It is not pain, but it feels as if my shoulder is just going to collapse leaving the weight to fall onto my neck. I never had an extremely strong chest and benching was always a little bit of a weak point for me, possibly because I am 6'3'' with even longer arms that than, but I was able to put 185 up 10 times. Now I don't go past 135 because of fear that my shoulder will give out and the weight will fall on me and consequently kill me lol. Doing 135 all the time is no challenge for my chest, but is extremely difficult on my shoulder, so I end up not getting anything done with my chest by the time my body is telling me not to go further. Does anyone have any ideas on alternative chest exercises that could be less stressful?
    Smith, Chest press machine/hammer machine, pronated D.B. Bench (lying on a flat bench with palms facing your face instead of facing away).
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    If it is a weakness your feeling, try working your shoulders (particularly front delts). If it is pain, get it checked out. Shoulders, and particularly front delts, do have an impact on benching/press exercises.
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    Can you post a video, and or further describe the pain or sensation and where specifically its coming from?

    My guess is that you're benching with your shoulder blades spread, which is requiring the connective tissue and muscle of the shoulder itself to bear more weight than necessary. This is often noted when people tend to think of the bench press as an exercise where they lift a weight as high as possible, instead of thinking of it as lifting it to the highest point necessary. Begin your bench press with shoulder blades fully pinched together and chest out. Roll your shoulder joint so that you are essentially in the bodybuilding "front relaxed pose". (Lats are virtually flexed in this position.)
    Your body should maintain this position the full time you are benching. The only movement should be the arms. If your shoulder(s) comes off the bench, you're doing it wrong.

    Optionally: Switching to DBs will allow your body to work it's own more natural ROM and arc of movement. I'd suggest avoiding pressing on a smith machine. Actually, just avoid the smith machine
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    i had the same problem from a dislocated shoulder, but i jus made my shoulders stronger and now its not a problem, unless i bend it the wrong way
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    Originally Posted by brianhorne3 View Post
    If it is a weakness your feeling, try working your shoulders (particularly front delts). If it is pain, get it checked out. Shoulders, and particularly front delts, do have an impact on benching/press exercises.
    i mean im a pitcher so i unfortunately know all about various shoulder injuries and weaknesses, but this is just it feels like my shoulder is not being held in the socket tightly enough. i am lead to believe that it is something having to do with rear delt though, becuase my left triceps is also unable to do the amount of weight that it used to and the triceps and rear delt originate in the same general area on the scap. something has to be wrong, or loose, or stretched out over there.

    One exercise that i do that does not affect my shoulder at all is bent over cable crossovers with my chest facing the ground. i wish i could figure out why that is, or more exercises in that position
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    Originally Posted by qcbaseball View Post
    i mean im a pitcher so i unfortunately know all about various shoulder injuries and weaknesses, but this is just it feels like my shoulder is not being held in the socket tightly enough. i am lead to believe that it is something having to do with rear delt though, becuase my left triceps is also unable to do the amount of weight that it used to and the triceps and rear delt originate in the same general area on the scap. something has to be wrong, or loose, or stretched out over there.

    One exercise that i do that does not affect my shoulder at all is bent over cable crossovers with my chest facing the ground. i wish i could figure out why that is, or more exercises in that position
    If that workout works for you stick to it. Also, try those from a high and low position as well. I would talk to a physician about the problem as well, maybe someone could shed some light on it.
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    make sure you incorporate alot of EC work
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    Originally Posted by im2manly View Post
    make sure you incorporate alot of EC work
    im sorry im not familiar with "EC work" ... please explain?
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    Originally Posted by qcbaseball View Post
    im sorry im not familiar with "EC work" ... please explain?
    sorry meant RC for rotator cuff work
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    Originally Posted by im2manly View Post
    sorry meant RC for rotator cuff work
    oh ok gotcha, yea ive been finishing off every exercise with ab circuit and RC circuit. I dont know if your familiar with the Jobes exercises. i dont know if thats just a pitching thing or if everyone does it. Its basically just a series of rotator cuff exercises.
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