Good morning – After a 2 year lay-off from bench pressing due to costochondritas (inflamed cartilage in ribcage) I have returned to benching. During the layoff I did strictly incline dumbbell press as it caused the least pain. I got up to 120x6 or 110x8. Now that the chest pain has subsided I decided to bench again. I did notice that I was stronger than I had ever been on Bench (IE 315x1 275x6 and 225x14 -all clean). I attribute this to development of the smaller “stabilizer” muscles during dumbbell work. My problem is that when I lower the bar to about an inch from my chest I get pain in my front delts where my pec ties in. Jut There is no pain when doing 100lb decline dumbbells for 10 solid reps (Don’t know if this is relevant)
Could over-development be limiting my range of motion?
Is this a shoulder injury waiting to happen?
I want to be injury-free this summer. Any pointers, suggestions. Any feedback would be appreciated. I weigh 200, and am 5’10’’ with 10% BF. I also do Cuban presses w/ dumbbells 1x a week during shoulder workout. Thank you in advance for your feedback.