If you have shoulder problems

  1. If you have shoulder problems


    I have always had shoulder problems due to lifting weights. Yeah, I have good form and never do less than 5 reps, but I have on occasion had rotator cuff problems. Nothing to warrant surgery, but enough to keep me away from certain exercises.

    What I have done so far that has helped. I have given up barbell bench presses in favor of neutral grip (palms facing each other) DB bench presses. I do incline and decline DB bench presses the same way. Further, I use a neutral grip for DB overhead presses.

    Yeah, you can't lift as much, but I believe they (neutral grip) hit the target muscle a lot better. Further, I am more into "bodybuilding" than heaving heavy weights around. For those of you who have that nagging shoulder pain, give it a try.

    I got this tip from my old man (former state bench press record holder). It is a shame he figured this little tip too late in life. He has chronic shoulder problems. Peace.


  2. I'd suggest specifically working your rotator cuff muscles, as well as stretching them regularly.

  3. Good idea on the neutral grip. My shoulders bug me too so I only use DB's for chest and shoulder exersises. Think I'll give the new grip it a try...

    How much less weight do you use? Like 15% or so??
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  4. Originally posted by Flavor
    I'd suggest specifically working your rotator cuff muscles, as well as stretching them regularly.
    This has worked well for me.

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