Hey guys I am a relatively new weightlifter, 18 and in highschool. I started doing rippetoe's starting strength program in October.- 3x5 squat, bench or military press, 1x5deadlift or 3x5clean(with barbell rows instead of a clean since I have no coach and was told not to fuck around with that lift).
I ended up messing up my shoulders. I did a lot of reading and I may have an impingement in both, partially from wrestling, bad lifting before I started rippetoe's, and also from a year ago's shoulder problem. I was told by a doctor to do certain stretches and avoid benching.
As it stands, I am still squatting, deadlifting, and rowing depending on the day. Instead of bench I have been doing some tricep pushdowns(I think they are called that) on a cable machine, just to have something that doesn't hurt but works triceps.
My deadlift has gone from 125-205 and my squat from 135-225. (Yeah I squat more than I deadlift, I do squat below parallel but maybe I am using too heavy a weight since I push it up pretty slow on the last reps. My deadlift form is also probably bad)My row is at 135 right now and my bench went from 115-135 but it feels way too uncomfortable to seriously consider doing.
I would really hate to discontinue this program or take a long break from lifting since I want to get bigger and stronger, but as it stands if I can only do 2/3 lifts each session so maybe it isn't worth it.
What should I do? Are there exercises I could do to help the chest and the triceps without setting off my shoulders? Even if they are not big lifts I'd rather do something than nothing.
Ty for the help if anyone manages to read this long post.
edit: didn't think about it but this might belong in the beginner's section.