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    Need ideas for shoulder-friendly “push” exercises

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    I’ve been reading through Dickson’s post about his bench press woes and it got me thinking. Like many of you, I’ve injured my shoulders over the years doing things like heavy bench presses and heavy overhead presses. So I’m looking for some “push” lifts that will help build strength and not wreck my shoulders further in the process. Any ideas? I like push-ups, but I even have trouble with those due to my latest shoulder mishap that occurred back in June. Are dips easier on the shoulders?
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    Have you tried doing pushups in a more upright position? I have some shoulder issues myself so I do mine at the kitchen sink. It's not as effective, but I'm not trying to be superman. Eventually I will lower myself to a chair or bench and might make it down to the floor. It's also very important to keep your elbows in at your sides. I do some shoulder stretching in a doorway as well.

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    Always use a neutral grip and keep your upper arms no wider than the ten to two position, see how that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLLark View Post
    Have you tried doing pushups in a more upright position? I have some shoulder issues myself so I do mine at the kitchen sink. It's not as effective, but I'm not trying to be superman. Eventually I will lower myself to a chair or bench and might make it down to the floor. It's also very important to keep your elbows in at your sides. I do some shoulder stretching in a doorway as well.
    No I haven't tried that, but I will. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldSchhool View Post
    Always use a neutral grip and keep your upper arms no wider than the ten to two position, see how that helps.
    What lift/exercise are you referring to?
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    Hes probably referring to benching/pressing with a log or neutral grip bar.

    Personally i would recommend handstand work and kettlebell presses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Koozie View Post
    What lift/exercise are you referring to?
    Any......Standing DB press, Flat bench DB press, Push ups, Handstand push ups.

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    Head for whatever decline pressing...

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    Do pushups. You can progress them in many ways, too.
    Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
    Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 180 x 2. Current Deadlift: 230 x 2

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    Barbell landmine presses in the corner.

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