I need some advice on benching. I am 38 yrs old, have been training for 3years and have brought up my bench from 135 to 315. I used to get pain in my shoulders from time to time and though that was normal considering everything I read about powerlifting. However, when I was at the gym I was lucky enough to have an experienced powerlifter explain my shoulder pain was caused by my poor technique. I tend to flare out my elbows and the bar goes down at mid chest. He recommended for me to buy a bench pressing DVD's to learn about proper form. He was leaving the gym and couldn't help me anymore.
I have tried to work on form and have found a comfortable spot to lower the
bar to that allows me to stay tight and reduce tension on my
shoulders. This spot happens to be a 1-2 inches below my lower chest,
basically on my top ab muscle.
My question is, is there a right place to lower the bar? Or is all
based on personal preference as long as you are able to keep tight,
have the bar going in a straight line, and have your arms out no more
than 45 degrees?. I have not been able to see a video with an over
head shot to see where others have the bar touch.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.