Heard Chest Rip while Benching
So I’m a early 40’s guy. I’ve lifted on/off my whole life. About 15 years ago, as far as bench goes, I was able to put up 355 at 165lbs in powerlifting contests. Anyway, so I came from work and was going to get in a “quick, go through the motions” chest workout - just so I wouldn’t miss the day entirely.
I did 19 reps with 135 to warm up. (Mistake #1 inadequate warmup) Then I was going to do 5x10-225 lbs and be done. Quick, efficient, and not really PUSHING myself (or so I thought).
First set of 225 went up super easy. So easy, I decided to alter my grip on subsequent sets to “try to get more out of it.” (Mistake #2 I think had I just thrown more plates on, I’d have been okay.)
Set two was 10 narrow, set three was a bit wider, set 4 (I’m thinking I’m going to stretch the shit out of my chest, really exagerate it and feel the stretch) Really wide (Mistake #3 Purposely trying to really “stretch” chest).
So, I do one rep, I come down for two and a split second after the bar begins it’s upward motion, I hear/feel a “Riiiiiiiipppppp” in my right pec. I DID finish the lift and rack the weight. I would say the “rip” (which seemed like an eternity at the time) lasted from about 10% of the way up to 50% of the way up in terms of duration. I jumped up clutching my chest thinking, “I’m really fucked.” The whole fight or flight thing is going on. Etc…
Anyway, my wife is a physical therapist and best friend is an ER doc. They both told me NOT to go to ER (in retrospect, I still wish I had for some immediate peace of mind, whatever). Always follow your own instincts…
Of course, ortho place can’t get me in until 12 days later. It’s day 7 now. I’ve been able to do light curls, cable pushdowns for tris, seated rows, shrugs, and legs.
Day 2 I was definitely swollen. I developed a baseball sized bruise on my upper bicep around day 3, but it was gone by the end of day 6. My chest never showed any bruising. I have also examined (as have others) my chest extensively with my arm out to see if we can feel/see any evidence of tendon tear/detachment.
My pec appears to be connected with tension throughout the entire range of motion (no divots, asymetry, etc.). I am now also able to contract pec, but doing any chest/deltoid exercises are out of question as far as pain/weirdness goes.
If I hadn’t “heard” the rip, I would be much less concerned at this point. In fact, I’d probably be planning on going full steam as soon as I could. But that noise/feeling stays with you…
Obviously, I don’t expect any type of “internet diagnosis” - I’ll wait on the MRI for that, but anyone with a similar experience or story from others? Did it turn out to be a tear or not? Any possibility this is just a bad strain? Or even a non-tendon (no surgery) type of tear?