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bench press for old guys

Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:48 pm
by tostig
I'm 53. A fellow at the gym, who is 58, says guys in their 50s should not be doing bench presses. He says to do dumbell presses instead because the hand position and the movement isn't good for the tendons and joints in the shoulders. The natural motion should be for the hands to be parallel with the body (palms facing in) and the motion to be not just pushing up but also in toward the centre of the body.

How much truth is there to this? My thinking is that if you continue with what you're doing then your body will be conditioned to doing those movements regardless of your age.

Re: bench press for old guys

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:15 am
by stuward
I disagree that training the same way all the time is a good thing. This leads to repetative use injuries. As you get older, you need to be smarter about how you train. You don't bounce back quite the same way. However, if you use proper technique and maintain good shoulder health, there's no reason not to bench.

Re: bench press for old guys

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:14 pm
by Matt Z
Does benching cause you pain or discomfort? If not, I see no reason to stop.

Re: bench press for old guys

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:43 am
by Crow
And I always thought the DB Bench Press is often recommended to be able to realize a bigger ROM because the barbell would stop the movement when touching the chest. If thats the case, what would that mean for the "tendons and joints in the shoulders"? ;)

I think the question is more about doing the excercise correctly (and programming your training correctly as stuward wrote already) and not if an exercise is "unhealthy"...

Re: bench press for old guys

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:46 am
by Kenny Croxdale
tostig wrote:I'm 53. A fellow at the gym, who is 58, says guys in their 50s should not be doing bench presses. He says to do dumbell presses instead because the hand position and the movement isn't good for the tendons and joints in the shoulders. The natural motion should be for the hands to be parallel with the body (palms facing in) and the motion to be not just pushing up but also in toward the centre of the body.

How much truth is there to this? My thinking is that if you continue with what you're doing then your body will be conditioned to doing those movements regardless of your age.
No Truth

The guy who told you that is an moron.

It would be interesting to hear how he came up with that.

Mat Z's Reply

Basically, it's like the old story of a doctor.

"If it hurts, Don't do it".

Stu

Stu's one of the smarter bear. He "disagrees".

Mass of Morons

The largest population of morons appear to be in gyms.

They come up with the dumb crap with nothing to substantiate it.

Ask

When says something like that, ask them for references on it.

The usually response is "Someone told me" or "I read it some place".

Neither responses means anything.

Dumbbell Bench Press

A neural hand position does take some of the stress off the shoulder.

However, a dumbbell bench press (any press) as Crow noted increase the range of movement.

This means the dumbbell will drop down lower in the movement.

This can increase the loading/stress on the shoulders.

Dips are another good example of the increased range of motion that can aggravate the should in the bottom range of the movement.

Kenny Croxdale