I have a question about shoulder pain and the bench press. I read everywhere that when you bench with you elbows flared, this can lead to shoulder pain and injury.
When I bench, I get that pain on the side of my shoulder (the right one), but I get it only when my right elbow is NOT flared to the side. As my elbow is at a 45 degree angle or less with my body, I feel the pain and something grinding in my shoulder, but when I flare the elbow to about 90 degrees, the grinding stops, and so does the pain.
This happens only with my right shoulder, the left one doesn’t hurt nor grind when I place it at a 45 degree angle or less. It does that grinding thing when it’s placed at a 90 degree angle though, the opposite of my right shoulder.
Any thoughts? Should I keep benching with my right elbow flared at 90 degree and keep the left one at 45?