In the last year I started getting back into lifting. I started when I was 14 (38 now)and have always been able to maintain a pretty muscular build.
This past year has been frustrating because it seems like after the first couple months go by and I start to push myself with heavier weight, I inevitably injure my shoulder doing flat benchpress. I get a searing pain deep in the joint and it knocks me out of commission for a couple of weeks.
I have tried stretching, strengthening my rotator cuff and rest but nothing seems to help. I have stopped short of the orthopod because…I guess I’m afraid of what he will find and tell me I need surgery.
Is there a way to build the pecs effectively without barbell bench? I feel this is the main weakness in my physique. I find that I pack on size in my shoulders and arms without much effort and have always felt that my chest is lagging behind.
Any advice/suggestions would be appreciated.