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    Default About the press shrug and impingement

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    In the book it is mentioned that you shrug at the end of the movement, making impingement impossible. Two questions arose for me:

    1. Does this mean that not shrugging impinges the shoulders?
    2. If so, doesn't the movement at some point impinge the shoulders (before you shrug)?

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    1. Probably.
    2. No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    1. Probably.
    2. No.
    Thank you for the reply. Why not then? If the answer to 1 is probably, I'd say that by shrugging you move the scapula away from impingement, after actually impinging it.

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    Look at the drawing in the book. It doesn't impinge on the way up.

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    I think the logic here is that the downward force from the barbell with your GH joint locked out will cause problems, hence the shrug at lockout?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadsie View Post
    In the book it is mentioned that you shrug at the end of the movement, making impingement impossible. Two questions arose for me:

    1. Does this mean that not shrugging impinges the shoulders?
    2. If so, doesn't the movement at some point impinge the shoulders (before you shrug)?
    About two years ago, I had shoulder surgery. The surgeon said that I had a great deal of arthritis and that my shoulder was unlikely to return to normal. However, he gave me the go ahead to slowly start lifting weights. He said I wouldn't know what I could do until I tried. Oddly enough, I have no problems with the shoulder press. The bench press does cause slight pain to that shoulder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keengkong View Post
    About two years ago, I had shoulder surgery. The surgeon said that I had a great deal of arthritis and that my shoulder was unlikely to return to normal. However, he gave me the go ahead to slowly start lifting weights. He said I wouldn't know what I could do until I tried. Oddly enough, I have no problems with the shoulder press. The bench press does cause slight pain to that shoulder.
    Have you tried a different grip-width for the bench press? Or tried a Swiss bar with a neutral grip?
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    I tried a narrower grip. It did seem to hurt less. Thank you.

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