As far as bodybuilding goes - not powerlifting, of course!
I trained a lot last winter and included flat bench in my chest routine. As I went heavier and heavier, my shoulder pain got worse and worse.
After some time off this summer, I am back in the gym, but so far I have avoided the flat bench, and I have no shoulder pain! I am doing incline Smith press, decline barbell bench, pec deck flys, and dips with absolutely no pain.
So I am wondering: for what reason should I add the flat bench back into my routine? Maybe I could go lighter and avoid injury?
Which gets me back to my original question: is the flat bench good for anything besides injury?