Bench Press Bar Path

Many people suffer from pain when pressing. Usually we find that people lower the bar directly over their shoulder, causing an impingement within the subacromial space in their shoulder.⁣ ⁣

This is a problem because within that space are soft tissue structures that need space to move and work effectively!⁣ ⁣ There's bursa, long head of biceps tendon and supraspinatus. Narrowing of this space causes inflammation of these tissues, which leads to swelling, and further problems. ⁣ ⁣ At this point, you need to control pain and inflammation, which may mean an avoidance of pressing or anything that causes pain for a while.⁣ ⁣ ❔ What to do⁣ Press in a way that avoids this impingement in the first place! Lower the bar to your chest, angled in front of your shoulder. You will also need good thoracic mobility to support good scapula position.

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