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mindbreaker
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Pain in Front of shoulder during press
Started feeling a sharp pain in front of shoulder while doing presses and to a lesser extent bench. Having to drop weight on both just to finish sets. Any advice besides see a doctor. Not that I wouldn't just going to be a few weeks before I get in to Drs office and don't want to pause my workout.


bayou85
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
Do you do pull-ups?

Sometimes the pull-up motion hurts the shoulder. Try chin-ups instead. (Underhand chin vs overhand pull)

Also, warm up your rotator cuffs before doing anything overhead. Including bench if it’s bother u.

I had the same problem. “Heavy” weights hurt. Then I stopped trying to pull up during back days and it went away.
This post was edited on 8/10 at 7:03 pm


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Average White Guy
Member since Jul 2019
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
Things that worked for me:

1. Narrowed grip on press
2. More face pulls
3. Switched to dumbbell press while I let shoulder heal


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Andychapman13
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
How old are you? Most likely a SLAP tear.
This post was edited on 8/10 at 8:45 pm


jyoung1
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
Stop doing overhead press, it’ll only get worse until you fix the problem.

During bench press, work on retracting your shoulders back (towards bench) and down (towards hips), and keeping retracted throughout movement.


Buckeye06
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
I do as suggested above both face pulls and rotator cuff work before shoulder or chest day

Sets of 15 with light weight on pulls and some simple rotator cuff band work


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LSUAlum2001
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
Long head bicep tendon is also in that same spot.

It can be numerous things.


MyNameIsInigoMontoya
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
Does it hurt when doing external and/or internal rotations? I had a similar pain in my anterior delt and it was caused by an impingement in the infraspinatus. My shoulder hated me when I did any straight bar presses (bench or shoulder). Try switching to dumbbells until you can go see the doctor. Check your ego at the door for now and be sure to warm up and stretch the rotator cuff before pressing.


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mindbreaker
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Member since Dec 2011
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
Just turned 40 and I don't do pullups because I'm still too fat to do pullups. I'll try the facepull warmups. and bench did feel better when I narrowed my grip. I really only do dumbbells when doing shoulder presses. But I usually work out with 60lb dumbbells and had to struggle to push up 40s with the pain.

thanks for the help guys will report back tomorrow as that is push day.


jennyjones
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
As others mentioned, it could be several things. I’ve experienced slap tears in both shoulders (where the long head bicep tendon attaches to the labrum) it is a bitch. Hopefully that’s not it

quote:

I'll try the facepull warmups


From my experience, I’d highly recommend doing these and other warmup excercises with light resistance bands. They are awesome for pain free warmups and working on some of the smaller muscles in the shoulder girdle

Here’s a good read on warmup exercises for shoulders:

LINK



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classicgold
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
Had the same problem about 2 weeks ago. I just moved my hands closer together on bench and lowered the weight for a week.

I warm up my shoulders every day with light resistance bands no matter what.


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Hot Carl
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
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Any advice


Don’t do what hurts before you frick it up worse


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NOMT
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Member since Mar 2007
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
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Started feeling a sharp pain in front of shoulder while doing presses and to a lesser extent bench. Having to drop weight on both just to finish sets. Any advice besides see a doctor. Not that I wouldn't just going to be a few weeks before I get in to Drs office and don't want to pause my workout.


This is most commonly 'impingement' or rotator cuff / long-head bicep tendinitis, and should be easily treatable with therapy and adjusting your workouts.

Most people have overall poor posture which results in shoulder blades in poor position during press exercises (protracted).

I would strongly recommend lots of scapular based rehab exercises - you can simply go to a good shoulder therapist to get them down and then do on your own. Adjust your workouts until you can do the presses that were bothering you pain-free.

Don't know where you live, but if in south Louisiana, I can give you some specific PT recs.

Good luck. I had this same pain for well over a year before I could no longer ignore it. Be diligent about your exercises and warm up your shoulders before working out as a long-term habit. You'll be fine.


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PacWilly
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
Try switching to dumbbells and stay away from the bar and machines that lock the range of motion. Dumbbells will actually give you better balance and work more muscles while using a lower weight.

I'm 43 and i found that regular bench presses and machine presses result in small pains here and there in the shoulder that never seem to occur with dumbbells. I can still do those exercises without injury; i just choose not to anymore now that i'm not trying to prove to myself that i can still lift 225.


LSUAlum2001
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
I’m going to continue to hit 225 until I can’t.

If it wasn’t for this lingering neck shit, I’d be trying to get back to 300+.


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tigerfoot
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re: Pain in Front of shoulder during press
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How old are you? Most likely a SLAP tear.

no it’s not, he didn’t report anything other than pain that would indicate a labrum tear. We simply have no idea


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