Dr. Nathan Kadlecek, PT
Is a physical therapist committed to providing high quality health information, largely focused on lower back pain and the gross overuse of diagnostic imaging, medication, surgery, low quality treatment methods, and the over-diagnosis of pain conditions. He's also a powerlifter, pain nerd, macro-scale thinker, and wants to help you think differently about pain, healthcare, and life.
Have you ever believed that bench pressing with a barbell is bad for your shoulder?
If you have, you're not alone.
A ton of people have told me this over the years. Sometimes they say it's because they've bench pressed and seen the direct "causative" effect that it's had.
Other times, it's more indirect, where they say "well so-and-so told me and I trust them."
Regardless of who you've heard it from i'm here to say that bench pressing is not bad for the shoulders.
In fact, i'll even take it a step further... there is no such thing as a good or bad exercise. It's only exercise. There may be exercise that you are not prepared for or that you are not accustomed to, however this is much different that something being "bad."
Let's stop placing moral judgements on exercise.
Do you think bench pressing is bad for your shoulders? Why?