Avoid Bench Press Injuries

One of the blogs I fol­low is T-Nation.

It was a scary expe­ri­ence at first – it’s full of close-ups of gar­gan­tu­an mus­cles and bulging veins.  It’s a blog for the folks who haunt the free-weight sec­tion of the gym.  The kind of guys who buy those huge cans of pro­tein pow­der at Gen­er­al Nutri­tion.

Not my aes­thet­ic at all.

But once I got over my ini­tial dis­dain and start­ed read­ing the arti­cles, I began to learn a lot from T-Nation.  It’s full of use­ful advice about how to exer­cise cor­rect­ly to achieve quick results and avoid injury.

bench pressOne of their recent arti­cles on shoul­der exer­cise echoed what I’ve been teach­ing my patients over the past few years – if you over­do it or exer­cise in an unbal­anced way, you’re going to cre­ate shoul­der prob­lems.

My expe­ri­ence as a clin­i­cian par­al­lels their expe­ri­ence in sports train­ing:  Most peo­ple who are try­ing to build upper-body strength per­form way too many push­ing exer­cis­es — bench press­es or push-ups — with­out bal­anc­ing them with pulling exer­cis­es — pull­backs or row­ing.

For those who have shoul­der prob­lems already, or who have more mod­est fit­ness goals, I’ve pre­pared a short video – Top Five Exer­cis­es to Strength­en Your Shoul­der & Avoid Rota­tor Cuff Prob­lems.  The video can guide you to a brief, bal­anced shoul­der exer­cise sequence that you can per­form at home with lit­tle equip­ment.

It will keep your arms and shoul­der hap­py for years to come.


About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website, askdrlavine.com, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at drlavine@yourbodyofknowledge.com or at 212-400-9663.

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