After a month of Meltdown Training, I decided to get back to some heavier lifting. To my surprise, when I tried benching, I felt a sharp, very localized pain at the top of my left shoulder joint.
I pressed ahead with a Waterbury 10x3 workout and found the pain lessened as I went on. If I tighten the shoulder prior to lift, that seems to help to. As does a narrower grip and lowering the bar to just below my pecs.
But it’s frustrating because it’s really limiting the amount of weight I can lift.
I know I’m courting trouble if I don’t address this. It’s been 3 bench sessions now and the pain is still very present. (DB benches are even worse. And they used to be my favorites.)
What to do?
My flexibility is not great. Okay, it sucks. But I’m not sure that’s the issue. Is it time to find a Doctor? Rotator cuff work? Increase flexibility? If so, what specific programs do those who’ve experienced similar pain recommend?