whats some good mass building alternatives for flat bench?
- 10-28-2013, 04:31 PM
- 10-28-2013, 05:04 PM
10-28-2013, 05:16 PM
10-28-2013, 05:18 PM
First thing that comes to mind is recover your shoulder
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10-28-2013, 06:24 PM
You could always focus on incline bench at various angles. My lower pecs grow considerably faster than my upper. I had the same issue and resorted to this and rehab work and I'm pleased with results thus far.
10-29-2013, 04:01 AM
As far as recovery goes. I'm currently deployed an I took almost a month off to heal and spend with my family. The week I started back up I started right back. I can literally do every other angle. Even dips. Just flat bench kills my rotator cuff
10-29-2013, 04:55 AM
Are you asking solely based on chest development? Cuz honestly weighted push-ups and ring flyes did more for my chest size than flat benching ever did
10-29-2013, 09:04 AM
Man do be honest with u I'm up for anything that I can do with my shoulder the way it is. If it doesn't hurt il def give it a go
10-29-2013, 09:13 AM
10-29-2013, 09:56 AM
10-29-2013, 02:21 PM
Yea, kinda weird that you have no pain with any other movement as there's some similarities there. But if that's all you can't do you should be fine. I would still get that shoulder checked out if you can. May be an easy fix.
10-29-2013, 03:22 PM
10-29-2013, 06:11 PM
Yeah I usually take a 5or a 10 plTe and do rotator cuff movements but usually just one set prolly need to do it more
10-30-2013, 08:39 AM
Before pressing I'll warm up with several sets of standing rear delt flys with a band to really pump blood into the shoulders and traps. I've read a number of articles indicating the benefit of performing posterior shoulder/trap movements as a precursor to pressing movements. It took a few week but now I have minimal discomfort when pressing. Also, I'll slide a 10 lb plate under the foot area of the flat bench to give it a slight decline. That, too seems to help.
10-30-2013, 09:24 AM
Also, have you trying a joint supp like Cissus? I couldn't bench for a while after benching at too high of a frequency and Cissus really blew my mind how fast I was able to heal. I really thought i would have to work around flat bench from then on but i was back at it in 2 weeks!
10-30-2013, 09:37 AM
I almost never do flat bench anymore, at least not conventional stuff. Since my shoulder surgery in 09', I have stopped doing them. I also do rotator cuff exercises before EVERY workout, and still achieve good chest development doing other movements. Just have to work around the injury and do your best.
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10-30-2013, 04:37 PM
11-01-2013, 12:10 AM
11-01-2013, 08:31 AM
The seated chest press does work well for me, you can really feel the pec isolation
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