I am a newbie to the website, all this information is great. I injured my shoulder about 4 months ago doing military presses. Seems I have inherited some "loose joints." I have gone through my physical therapy and got my rotator cuff back in shape. I have always struggled with my bench #'s and after returning to the gym yesterday I am feeling depressed. Are there certain excercises I can focus on to get my bench back up? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
You just have to build back up from time off, start over. You're more than likely going to make gains faster than the first time if it's only been 4 months, but there are no magic exercises to get you back to where you were. Triceps and front delts help improve your bench though along with pecs obviously.
Last edited by gcs118; 01-24-2005 at 03:20 PM.
If your new to benching(under 2 years) just benching will be the best thing to bring up your bench.
Best Meet @ Lifts@181:...............Best gym lifts
Squat...- 403..........................Squat....- 395 w/belt
Bench...- 303..........................Bench....- 300....Paused in meet - 281
Deadlift.- 503.....Unofficial 513...Deadlift..- 490
Total....- 1,203...IPF Class II......All done raw, Touch'n go bench
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dapsjh, where do you typically fail with bench? on your chest, near the top, somewhere in the middle? The only reason i ask, is depending on where you fail, this is your bottleneck to better lifts.
Now with that said, if you are just starting, benching is your best bench improvement exercise (as adam said above)
I just felt weak and unsteady with the entire movement. I guess after going consistent for several months you develop smaller muscles that help with stability and strenth that probably were not being used to do the rubberband stuff I had to do for therapy. I think partially it is mental too. If you have ever had your shoulder fall out of place it hurts like h***. I think I am afraid to push myself because I am afraid of my shoulder failing again. I think for now I am just going to get back in the groove with lighter weight and see if I can build up stability and a comfort level with my abilities.