When first started training, I was always taught to bring the bar down slowly, touch your chest, and press up. However, iv'e heard a few people talking about how thats bad for your rotator cuff and full range of motion should only be done with dumbells. I was told instead of going all the way down on bench, to go down until the bar is about 4 inches off of your chest. This is supposed to allow full use of the chest muscles while saving your rotator cuff. So i tried it today in my chest workout, it was a different kind of burn. I was obviously moving more weight, but i didnt feel that same stretch i feel with traditional benching. They told me that since your moving more weight, you will get stronger, but i didnt feel like i completly exausted my chest.
Ive been benching the ol fashioned way for years, but some tend to gripe at me and tell me im gonna blow my shoulder out. So im confused on what to do. Iv always done good with full range of motion, (even with the occasional rotator cuff pain) but maybe this is a way to mix it up and throw on some more strength??
Any ideas on this?