some background: I have Ehlers-Danlos and apparently bad shoulders. Started out in gym doing the typical stuff like bench press and dips, started to feel a pain in right shoulder, eventually couldn't sleep on my side. Went to Doc and he takes x-rays and I have a huge gap in AC joint and a buildup of tissue on joint. After a cortisone shot, and roughly 1 month taking it easy on shoulders, I cut out the dips and bench press and switch to db press. Go forward in time, I discover 5/3/1, figure I want to do the program as is so include bench press but keep my grip fairly close. Also, my gym only had 100 lbs dbs and I was already repping them for 12-13.. I go through 3 cycles and my shoulder pain returns. Cortisone shot. Final verdict.. no more bench press.
takes a breath So I understand it is not recommended at all to use DBs for this program.. but I don't see any way around it. I've been using DBs for my last couple cycles and it doesn't feel right. Anything less than 5 reps feels like too large an expenditure of energy in setup and setdown.
Basically, I've been making each week the same, all 5 reppers. Does anyone have a better solution to this?? Any suggestions would be appreciated.