I recently purchased CT’s and Anthony Robert’s new book, and am following the first phase of the training plan, which calls for cluster set bench and closed grip bench presses on a smith machine. This was the first time in years I had used the machine for these excercises, and I noticed someting immediatly.
While training with a load that is around 90% of my 1rm, I felt a sharp pain in the forearms after racking the weight back. This pain seems not to come from turning it, but rather is noticeable when I rack the weight and the pressure on my wrists and forearms goes from whatever weight I am using, to nothing, instantly.
Has anyone else noticed this pain when racking a weight on this machine? By the way, I am normally as anti-Smith as anybody, however, I am incorparating them as I am trying to follow this program to a T. Thanks.