I usually bench with an arch (not sure how my form/set-up is but it usually works for me) is it possible that's what caused me to strain my ab? I didn't feel something pop or anything like that just my left lower abdominal region is really really sore today (benched yesterday). How can I prevent this from happening again?
B: 255x1 DL: 375x1 SQ: work in progress
Goals: B-275 D-400 S-275 Weight- 180
My training partner had the same thing happen. He avoided things that aggravated it until it healed and it hasn't been a problem since. As far as I can tell it was one of those freak injuries, so I'm not sure how you can avoid it again. Do you wear a belt when you bench? I've had a tight belt pull on my skin when I set up to bench and leave me sore the next day.
I'd be interested in seeing video of you benching. It's very likely that you're doing something wrong in the movement if you hurt your abs while benching.