I am going to have to face the fact that bench press is simply not my lift and will never be a strong lift for me. Bench pressing hurts my shoulders. Pressing over head is fine... even push-ups are doable. Even with all the excellent coaching Maura gave me, I can only say it hurt less. Yesterday I worked on bench press with Maura. It was a sad day for me...
How pathetic is that, a no lift on 95lbs? I left the gym with a head-ache and very sore shoulders. When I got home I took some ibuprofen and spent the rest of the day relaxing.
Here is my plan for next time I bench...
*No yoga before bench press. Certain asana can aggravate my shoulders, I should save my shoulders for bench press on bench press day.
*Ibuprofen as a prophylactic - I will take an anti-inflammatory before there is even a chance for inflammation.
*Z-Health - Mike gave me a Z evaluation on Saturday. I think being vigilante about doing my drills will help.
*Lots of shoulder extension. Back bends and other yoga asana does help my shoulders feel better, just not on bench press day.