I recently got serious about lifting/bodybuilding a few months ago. I did my research, found a good program for lifting and got my diet in order, and off I went doing 5X5.
Everything was going well, until I started feeling a little pain in my shoulder. I ignored it like an idiot and kept pushing myself. At first the pain wasn’t getting in the way of my lifts so I just manned up and kept going. About a month ago, I was in the middle of a set of incline press and felt a pain like someone was stabbing me in the shoulder. After that, I couldn’t do any pressing motions without horrible pain. I took a week off, went back, no dice. Waited another week, was pain free, but as soon as I was on the bench, it was back.
However, I’m finding that doing the flat bench press, incline press, and overhead press on a smith machine is pain-free. I can still squat and pull weight (deadlift, rows, etc) without pain as well. Everyone I’ve talked to has always advised against the smith machine for obvious reason (no use of stablizer muscles) but until I see my doctor and figure out what’s wrong, wouldn’t this be ok? I’m only trying to improve my physique, my actual strength gains are just a means of getting bigger as far as my goals go. I’ll still be making muscle gains in my chest and shoulders, isn’t that the goal?
I know most will tell me not to do anything at all until I fix the problem, but I’m too stubborn for that so if anyone has advice for me, give it from a standpoint that I’m going to keep lifting regardless. Thanks.