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Pain at the bottom position of bench press


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Excerpt: I was warming up on the bench press with Dumbbells and at the bottom position I felt pain and weakness where the pectoral and deltoid meet. It was so painful and I couldn't press the weight back up. It hurt less on the barbell and almost non existent on the converging chest press machine (a lever machine). I wasn't going too heavy so what causes the pain and why does it only hurt when benching? the photo shows the position it hurts- only in the left shoulder/pec

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    Pain at the bottom position of bench press

    I was warming up on the bench press with Dumbbells and at the bottom position I felt pain and weakness where the pectoral and deltoid meet. It was so painful and I couldn't press the weight back up.

    It hurt less on the barbell and almost non existent on the converging chest press machine (a lever machine).

    I wasn't going too heavy so what causes the pain and why does it only hurt when benching?

    the photo shows the position it hurts- only in the left shoulder/pec
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    Re: Pain at the bottom position of bench press

    It sounds like a minor strain. Rest it and ice or heat it if need be

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    Re: Pain at the bottom position of bench press

    But why did it strain before I could even warm the muscle up? Was it because I did heavy wide grip pulldowns earlier?

    it doesn't feel like a pec strain because the pain is also in the deltoid p; could it be the tie-in got injured?

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    Re: Pain at the bottom position of bench press

    I never said it was a pec strain.

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    Re: Pain at the bottom position of bench press

    those types of injuries are from improper warming up

    i know everyone has an ego and is in a rush, but warming up is something 99% of guys fail to do. if it hurts then don't do it.. avoid that area for a while and let it heal
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    Re: Pain at the bottom position of bench press

    Quote Quote posted by stevesmi View Post
    those types of injuries are from improper warming up

    i know everyone has an ego and is in a rush, but warming up is something 99% of guys fail to do. if it hurts then don't do it.. avoid that area for a while and let it heal
    But I got hurt WHILE warming up. Unless I pulled it from the wide grip pulldowns before?

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    Re: Pain at the bottom position of bench press

    Quote Quote posted by SteveMobsterG View Post
    I never said it was a pec strain.
    What muscle would it be if it's where the pectoral and shoulder meet because the pain is literally where they tie in

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    Re: Pain at the bottom position of bench press

    It is impossible to say for sure how it happened but I know you need to rest it. That area can be really tricky because it could be somewhere in the shoulder too. It sounds minor at this point so definitely rest it as opposed to pushing through the pain and risking a more serious injury.



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    Re: Pain at the bottom position of bench press

    Have you tried a shoulder press recently? I messed my rotator cuff up years and years back when I was 19, took a lot of band training/warming up through out the day to get it sorted.
    Messing my rotator cuff I couldn't bench, shoulder press, back exercise and even arm exercises lol just a thought, not diagnosing you Haha!

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    Re: Pain at the bottom position of bench press

    I would see a good sports therapist and get it professionally checked out. The area you pointing to is the most common place where people rip their pecs. You might have a partial pec tear.

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