This is my first post here and I hope my english will be OK enough (I'm from France) and that I read carefully every chart aspect.
Well, let's get to the topic.
I'm a 26 yo former tennis player, back from shoulder injury (1 year w/o sport) and have a passion for bodybuilding. I started 4 years ago, and muscled up for 3 years without really having a diet or a program, and will be kicking into a new routine next week. I read the "Do this routine" tread and picked one of the routines there, and know most of the exercises.
I have a very important question however.
When I do standard BB Bench Press, my performances really depends the amplitude of the movement.
I noticed I have a quite long & thin torso + long arms, and rather short legs.
During the negative phase of the press, if I let the bb go down to my chest and quickly touch it (no rebound) then press forward, the first part of the positive movement is overly difficult and I am unable to bench more than 90 lbs for more than 8 reps.
When I try heavier weights, I feel an overextension at the shoulder during the last part of negative, and the first of positive, that makes my shoulder sore (even before my injury) for approx 1 week.
So, basically, I reduced the amplitude and can do my sets with 130 lbs. (I know there is nothing to brag about, but I am very thin and light at the moment).
My question is :
- Should I use reduced amplitude / heavier weights ?
- Should I train light weights / full amplitude ?
- Should I stop BB Bench Press and start something else like DB Press ?
My main goal is mass for the moment.