I’m noticing some pain in my right shoulder when I reach the lower part of the bench press. It’s not severe, but I’d rather lay off the bench press for a while and do some assistance exercises while the shoulder recovers. Would bench presses in a power rack, with the bar set about 4"above my chest be a good substitute? I’m doing the intermediate 5x5 program and would like to keep improving a pressing lift if not the bench press.
I’ve had a read through Cresseys Shoulder savers articles and will use some of his suggestions. Should I dedicate a day to rotator cuff saving exercises like rack pulls, rotations etc? Currently my training sessions are too long at about 70 minutes and I’m trying to shorten them, so no real time at the end of my workouts to cram in rotator cuff exercises.