I went into my first gym workout of the week extremely sore from four days of fence building activities with a back beating 12 mile trail ride on my electric unicycle yesterday afternoon.  My lower back is killing me with both lower and upper body parts contributing to all over body pain.

I got an idea to try something different to avoid the shoulder pain that has been plaguing me with conventional barbell bench press, decline bench press.  My theory was that perhaps the different angles involved in decline bench press would relieve the stress on the shoulder joint that has been painful.

I started very slow and light.  I also moved my hand position on the bar in a little bit to again hopefully move some of the tension off the shoulder.  Well it appeared to help.  I did a bunch of slow and controlled reps, working all the way up to 225 pounds.  I felt no sharp pain the entire time so for now I plan to keep any benching on a declined angle.

Today’s Workout

5 minutes cardio/stretching

Decline barbell bench press – 135lbs x 10, 185lbs x 5, 205lbs x 3, 215lbs x 2, 220lbs x 1, 225lbs x 1, 185lbs x 8, 135lbs x 10

Dumbbell chest pull over – 65lbs x 10, 70lbs x 10, 75lbs x 8