Well my very first set with only 135 pounds on the bar hurt, more than I was expecting. It hurt enough that if my lifting buddy wasn’t there I probably would have said fck it and moved on to another movement. However a bizarre sense of obligation kept me in there. To compensate I moved my grip inward one finger more on each side to put less pressure on the joint. It seemed to help somewhat. I didn’t bother trying any new 1RM bests, capping off the weight at 225lbs.
The shoulder pain has been a problem of varying degrees for several months. Of course I know the only real solution is avoiding bench press to let whatever is ailing to heal up. The up and down injury cycle at this age gets very frustrating. Just when you think you are ready to break new ground the old ground you are standing on collapses beneath you.
5 minutes cardio/stretching
Barbell bench press – 135lbs x 10, 185lbs x 5, 225lbs x 1, 225lbs x 2, 205lbs x 6, 205lbs x 5, 185lbs x 9, 185lbs x 6, 135lbs x 15