After nearly 20 years as an IT worker I have the typical slouch, sunken chest, and rolled shoulders of a desk jockey. Now at 40 I’m lifting seriously for the first time following Jim’s 3-day beginner program with body weight assistance and Agile 8 daily.
I’m finding, though, that I cannot lift my arms straight overhead while pressing without arching my back and using a very wide grip on the bar. This bad form is causing my shoulder to hurt while lifting and my doc’s advice is “don’t lift”.
Since I can’t afford to go Doctor shopping until I find one who understands lifting I’m bring my question here.
For those of you that have resolved overhead mobility issues, what mobility exercises did you find most effective?
Are there other pushing movements that would be useful to incorporate until I can press overhead properly or that would be helpful in developing shoulder strength and range of motion?
Thanks for any and all help, I’m still figuring out what questions to ask.