No pain. No fear. This variation with the slingshot may be one of the best pressing exercises for people with orthopedic concerns. I haven’t even a faint hint of joint irritation. video here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu1Ju-Qje3h/
I recently saw this bridged decline bench variant by @larrywheels (although he was actually on a bench) and so wanted to try it. But the fear from my pec tear was still there.
Then - wouldn’t you know it - last week in my garage I found the same #slingshot I used during rehabilitation after my surgery a few years back. Thanks to @marksmellybell and @mbslingshot for this wonderful little apparatus. Although I can barely get the thing on and off my arms.
This winter, I’ve deviated from my normal/abnormal training and been practicing more classical bodybuilding lifts. Seeing as this is the heaviest bodyweight I’m going to let myself get this year, I’m testing what strength feats I can before I get little again. The fact that I could push it, go heavy, and feel no pain or fear leads me to believe this is a great variation for all populations, both compromised people with injuries and advanced athletes for maximal overload.
The repetitive overuse syndromes common with flat bench have many solutions. Namely, stop doing the exact same flat bench press. Also, people need to balance out the skill of the shoulder with movements for the back and external rotation. That all said, going into the bridged position incorporates lats, changes the angle of press, and (when paired with the slingshot) makes the shoulder feel just peachy even at weights and intensities in excess of normal flat bench work.