Pain while benching light weight?

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  1. UdeGarami

    UdeGarami Blue Belt

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    Would anyone know why I might feel perfectly fine benching 5x5 @ 240, but with a warm up set, or light weight @ 135, I get pain in my shoulders? I don't experience this with any other type of work out. Possibly bad technique?
     
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    Maybe with the lighter weight you're jerking it around a little more or you're using bad form, but with heavier weight you can keep better form because of how you end up having to hold it. Not sure, but just try to keep your best form with it.
     
  3. Mumrik

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    Have you had any shoulder injuries/problems?

    My bad shoulder (both before and after the injury got real bad) tends to hurt noticably when I do warmup sets especially on the bench, but it doesn't really bother me on my work sets. I fear that it might just be because I'm too focused on the work to notice the pain.
     
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    I have that in squatting for some reason... I think you may just be overestimating the weight maybe and trying to hard on such a light amount.
     
  5. UdeGarami

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    Possibly, for past shoulder injuries no not really. But this problem has been going on for about 3 months. It hasn't been extreme, and but from looking online there is tightness in my ac joint when my left arm is fully back in bench position. It just seems wierd that its only light weight that causes it.
     
  6. Mumrik

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    I don't want to scare the shit out of you, so keep in mind that this most likely has NOTHING to do with what you're experiencing:


    As I said, I've had a similar experience. The bench press was the only lift I really felt it in and while it was pretty bad during the light lifts it almost didn't hurt on the big ones.
    Months passed and at one point (actually two) I talked with my doctor about it. He, like I, assumed that it was just a matter of my tendons/ligaments struggling to keep up with my increase in strength and muscle mass (was going pretty fast in the beginning).

    Then one day I woke up to find that my right shoulder (the painful one) was completely fucked to the degree where I could barely lift a big glass of water out in front of me.
    Doctor -> specialist/ultrasound -> physiotherapist led to the conclusion that I'd suffered a luxation of my shoulder and that my AC joint was pretty messed up - swollen and gaping. My physiotherapist insists that it must be the product of a sudden trauma to the shoulder when doing martial arts, but I remember no such thing and was actually taking the week off from training when I woke up with the injury.
    I'm now in the latter part of rehab (ended up getting a steroid injection) and as the weights are going up in the BP, the pain is starting to return. I don't quite know what to make of it.



    I'm still not convinced that this didn't have something to do with the pain I'd been having many months before in that exact shoulder, in that exact place.




    I guess what I'm saying is that you shouldn't take it too lightly and that you might won't to get it checked out or something if it doesn't go away.
     
  7. UdeGarami

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    wow thanks for the warning. I'll talk to a doctor to see what the warning signs of that may be.
     
  8. statisticool

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    Yikes, let us know!
     
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    Yeah you wouldn't wanna end up like him, I'd see a doctor.
     
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    Can you post a video of yourself benching the light weights? Filmed by a partner who can show me several angles of your shoulder.

    Mumrik, same thing with you if you're worried that it's coming back.
     
  11. Mumrik

    Mumrik Silver Belt

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    I'll see if I can make that happen. Thanks.

    I'm aware that my form still needs work btw, so maybe I am needlessly stressing parts of the shoulder.


    My intend was not to scare the OP - it's just never a good idea to ignore that kind of discomfort for so long.
     
  12. carson2121

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    fight through the pain, your just used to lifting heavier weight and your body is responding to it. try stretching more before your warm up set and after you finish your actually sets, do another light set.

    your muscles are used to exploding for heavier weight so when you try some light weight, you are working different muscles. stretching is very important, i had the same problem a few years back. stretch and give your muscles time to recover.
     
  13. esdoornblad

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    Not good advice, at all. You should fight through "the pain" when doing cardio or muscular endurance work, but to fight through the pain when an injury (and threat of a more serious injury) may be looming is a bad idea.
     
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    Second. In a big way. But I'd hope the OP knows that already.
     
  15. Mumrik

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    You better be kidding. This is not "pain is merely weakness leaving the body"-pain. In weightlifting pain is not good, and not something to ignore. When people DO ignore it - things tend to take a turn for the worse at some point.
     
  16. statisticool

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    Doctors must LOVE you. :)
     
  17. Donut62

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    Perhaps you would like to explain this one to us. I will surely find it fascinating.
     
  18. murdock00

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    My shoulders tend to hurt when I bench as well. I keep my form under control but they both feel fairly uncomfortable regardless of weight. Some days its worse than others. Its odd b/c on OHP they dont hurt at all.
     
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    Sounds like you have rotator cuff problems.
     
  20. rEdShawks

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    convinced me too check out my pains
     

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