Back in high-school (when I was a young, naive, Meathead wanna-be bodybuilder) I did all sorts of exercises that hurt my shoulder.
These included "bodybuilding bench presses", behind-the-neck barbell presses, and behind-the-neck pulldowns. Stupid stuff.
I needed years of rehab and training to fix the injuries. And because the shoulder is the #1 injured area in people that lift weights, you need to see this right now.
Are Your Workouts Leading To Shoulder Pain? ---- <= Get the answer
My friend and fellow Canadian, Rick Kaselj, has put together this fun little quiz to test your knowledge about BAD shoulder exercises. You'll learn that exercise #3 is done wrong all the time.
Check out the quiz on that page, there just might be a SWEET prize for you at the end. Rick has some important lessons for you to help you train hard while protecting your precious shoulder joint.
Save your shoulders with this free quiz <= Discover the 5 worst exercises
BTW, what's a "bodybuilder bench press"?, you might be asking.
That's where your elbows are out-to-the-sides and in a dangerous externally rotated position. You'll hurt yourself, guaranteed.
Take Rick's quick 4 question quiz to avoid shoulder injury.
And then for your bench pressing...
...either switch to db chest presses, or start tucking your elbows closer to the side of your body when you bench press.
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