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Yep...I don't think it's a form problem because I was benching close to 405 a couple of summers ago...there's something still wrong in my left pec and I'm not sure how to fix it. I thought I was on the right path with a narrower grip but today was a trainwreck.

 

I'll try to get my buddy to take a video next time we bench so we can see if it's something obvious that I am missing.

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Hmmm....and you've been using TENS on it?

 

Do you have any of the functional movements of that pec that show inhibition wrt range of motion under load? That is really a tough one. We need a PT on this board. Too many professional guessers (like me)

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No TENS

 

I got a few weeks of PT to free up the adhesions in the pec.

 

No problems in general WRT ROM. What pain there is during benching actually feels more like it is in the shoulder but the main problem is simply a complete lack of strength on the left side during the bench press movement.

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Legs

 

Squats to 405x3, Bulgarians, Step Ups, Air Squats 20x3, Weighted Walking Lunges

 

Everything but the back squats done with a 25# weighted vest on, lunges and Bulgarians with a couple of 40# KB in hand

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7 hours ago, STENDEC said:

No TENS

 

I got a few weeks of PT to free up the adhesions in the pec.

 

No problems in general WRT ROM. What pain there is during benching actually feels more like it is in the shoulder but the main problem is simply a complete lack of strength on the left side during the bench press movement.

Hmmm...again I'm just a professional guesser....but it sounds like lacking nerve innervation to the pec minor which is making your shoulder bound. Perhaps you have an impinged nerve. You could go to a specialist, yes? Better now than later. I know Lee Priest was saying his crushed nerve was cutting strength on one side of his body and the specialist freed it up some and it helped, but said that if Lee had the nerve freed up sooner that it would have been better.

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5 hours ago, mwarren said:

Hmmm...again I'm just a professional guesser....but it sounds like lacking nerve innervation to the pec minor which is making your shoulder bound. Perhaps you have an impinged nerve. You could go to a specialist, yes? Better now than later. I know Lee Priest was saying his crushed nerve was cutting strength on one side of his body and the specialist freed it up some and it helped, but said that if Lee had the nerve freed up sooner that it would have been better.

This sounds possible to me. Related - any sign of thoracic outlet issues?

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7 hours ago, Ras said:

This sounds possible to me. Related - any sign of thoracic outlet issues?

Good point. Lack of thoracic stability/mobility can cause neural inhibition of the antagonist muscles.

 

I GUESS

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2 hours ago, mwarren said:

Good point. Lack of thoracic stability/mobility can cause neural inhibition of the antagonist muscles.

 

I GUESS

I am an amateur guesser FWIW.

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Hmmm.....I am appreciative of the amateur guessing.

 

I don't have any of the typical neurological symptoms of TOS...what's confusing me is how lift specific the deficit is. It is really only a problem during pushing with my hand in a pronated position....neutral grip, no problem....although, I should try a reverse grip bench and see what that does.

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AAA Friday

 

PowerHIIT (with vest), Incline Cable Curls, Triceps Pressdown, Concentration Curls, Single Arm Cable Pulldowns

 

Short workout today...actually was going to bag it altogether but my lifting partner texted me at the last minute and said he could make it after all so I went and got something in at least....still feeling yesterday's workout...

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Chest

 

Incline Bench, Standing High/Mid/Low Cable Flyes, Incline DB Flyes/Close Press, Plate Press

 

My shoulder/pec felt remarkably good today...

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3 hours ago, STENDEC said:

Chest

 

Incline Bench, Standing High/Mid/Low Cable Flyes, Incline DB Flyes/Close Press, Plate Press

 

My shoulder/pec felt remarkably good today...

Maybe you just had an overuse strain. That would be a good scenario.

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9 hours ago, mwarren said:

I just learned what the "real" version of these are. Man, was I off track. 

What did you think they were?

 

Also, I find the name amusing, since the Bulgarian weightlifters never did these. I've always wondered how they got named.

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4 hours ago, Kimbo said:

What did you think they were?

 

Also, I find the name amusing, since the Bulgarian weightlifters never did these. I've always wondered how they got named.

I realize most people think they are the way I thought: basically a rear foot elevated lunge with either DBs or a BB. 

 

From what I gather they are actually done with the rear foot back and maybe only slightly bent and either on flat ground or only on an inch high platform or something. Loaded only with a barbell. Heavy movement meant for leg volume to build the legs when axial load is too great to add more squatting. Like a 600lb squatter would use 400lbs only when axial loading is too great because of a high volume period in an advanced program.

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37 minutes ago, mwarren said:

I realize most people think they are the way I thought: basically a rear foot elevated lunge with either DBs or a BB. 

 

From what I gather they are actually done with the rear foot back and maybe only slightly bent and either on flat ground or only on an inch high platform or something. Loaded only with a barbell. Heavy movement meant for leg volume to build the legs when axial load is too great to add more squatting. Like a 600lb squatter would use 400lbs only when axial loading is too great because of a high volume period in an advanced program.

It doesn't necessarily have to be a barbell. DBs or landmine work, too.

 

My impression is that they're a rear foot elevated split squat. Do you have a vid of what you're describing?

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