View Full Version : "Pulling" in bicep when benching?

05-22-2010, 12:45 PM
Last couple workouts I've been getting a strange stretching feeling in my right bicep at the bottom of the rom of my bench. Any ideas what this could be?

05-22-2010, 02:42 PM
I get that sometimes. It can be from a muscle not at the back of your armpit where your delt ties in. That pulls on your delt on the descent and sometimes you feel it more in your bicep. It's pretty easy to see if there's a knot there and foam rolling it out is fun, haha.

05-23-2010, 09:15 PM
Are you benching raw or shirted? I've had this really bad w/ a new shirt but never raw...

05-24-2010, 12:41 PM
are you using a shirt which is causing you to touch very low?

i had this for a few months. i ignored it and went on to rupture my lower biceps tendon.

i'd give it a few weeks to rest and then possibly find a shirt that isnt so hard to touch.

good luck.

05-24-2010, 01:53 PM
Some of the guys that I train with, who are waaaaaaaaaay stronger than me were getting a pain where I believe you are describing. They found that the bicep was too weak (cos it works as an antagonist), which was causing them pain. They now do some direct bicep work (nothing crazy, just 3x10 preacher curls) and have found no more problems with the issue.

05-24-2010, 04:04 PM
Thanks all. It was happening raw; never had it in a shirt before.

That makes sense Tom - only just did biceps (couple sets of hammer curls) after my last bench workout cause I was worried about the pain lol.

Felt around for a knot but couldn't find anything; still stretch/rolling it so hopefully if that's what it was I got it

05-24-2010, 05:27 PM
I had the same thing man, and it just started acting up again last week. Direct bicep work helps for me, also getting a good warm up in will help before benching. I hope it goes away again quickly.

05-25-2010, 05:33 PM
Yeah I'll deffinatly add in a bit of direct bicep work (and by that I mean 3 sets of hammer curls a week lol)

Benched today and it wasn't near as bad (still there a bit with my normal grip, but brought it in to ring fingers on rings and it was gone)