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Shoulder Impingement

Joel asks:

Thank you for sharing the great articles about shoulder injury and how to fix them. I too have a shoulder injury. I cannot bench press, shoulder press and dip because of my left shoulder. I am doing a couple of exercises like internal and external rotation and training my back shoulder. I am still having pain when I train my back and doing pull ups. Should i avoid any pain the couple of months?

Getting a more specific diagnosis from a doctor would help to narrow down what can/can’t and should/shouldn’t help.

In general, do stuff that doesn’t hurt. For back training, neutral-grip chins/rows/pulldowns and dumbbell work where your hands can freely rotate should be less problematic.

Dr. John Rusin and Tony Gentilcore both have a ton of articles with drills and advice to keep the shoulders healthy. Pretty much anything from them should get you more on track, but again it’ll depend a little on exactly what’s wrong.

Absolute worst case scenario, if your shoulders need to go on total maintenence/repair mode for a while, you can basically go crazy with the squats and leg work. Sort of the reverse of when Ben Bruno had knee surgery years ago, so he became a pull-up machine and eventually nailed something like chinning double-bodyweight for reps.