I took a week off from lifting because of a sickness. When I returned I decided to max. When I brought the weight down I felt a stinging feeling in my left pec, like I stretched it too far (maybe a pulled pec muscle). I still continued my workout. The next day I was really sore. No bruising or anything like that though.
A week before I had decided to widen my grip on the bench, outside the rings and fly my elbows out when benching thinking it would help get more chest involved. I know now you are suppose to bench with your elbows in and the wider your grip the more injury prone your shoulders are.
I took a week off after that max day, but ever since I came back for the last three weeks my bench has been going down (almost 15 pounds). My left pec also feels very fatigued short into my workout.
Does anyone have any ideas why this happened, what to do, if I should take a break doing bench, or maybe how long I should wait?
Any thoughts would be very helpful I am on a scholarship for football and need to get big, no time to waste.