I do shoulders on Monday and Friday. On Fridays, I use dumbbells for my vertical pressing. On Mondays, I’ve been using the Smith Machine for BTN Presses.
Firstly, I can never seem to get the positioning of the shoulder press bench just right and I feel that I’m always pressing a bit unevenly. At the bottom position, probably since the thing is on a slight incline, my elbows get pushed back.This doesn’t hurt, but it feels a bit weird, especially in my left shoulder.
I had a very light ache in my left shoulder today, and if I rotate my left arm counter-clockwise backwards, in a backstroke motion, my shoulder grinds. It’s painless, but it feels like something is grinding against something else and this doesn’t happen on my right shoulder.
Is there a way to keep using this movement without injury? If not, what shoulder press can I use to substitute this? I don’t like the military press because I like to shoulder press at ear level, not in front of my face. The only substitute I can think of would be a barbell BTN press, but I’ve never tried that.
What do you think?