First off, I did a search and all I found was people talking about impingement and stretches, but not really workarounds.
I was doing a push workout today, and I felt some pain in my left shoulder so I tried doing a few other things with light weight to see what motions were hurting it. Pressing motions hurt, but flyes and stuff were okay. If I benched on the smith machine with the bar touching close to the very bottom of my chest, it seemed to feel a lot better.
Does doing presses on this level i.e. with the bar coming down to the lower part of the chest decrease the risk of impingement and cuff injuries?
Also, are there any other chest exercises that would reduce the risk of impingement? I can do Flyes, but working with dumbbells on the lower plane is awkward though I could reduce the weight on the bells and get comfortable doing that. I don’t really feel any of these movements in my pecs really. I should probably concentrate more on flexing my pecs during the movement to recruit them more.
Doing seated military presses, incline db presses, and flat bench db presses felt awkward once the shoulder started up. I was doing broomstick stretches, face pulls, and other rotator cuff work in between sets of pressing movements.
Thanks for any and all advice!