[color=#000000]I am 41 y/o (male, 6'0", 183lbs). About 9 months ago, I had arthroscopic surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff (left shoulder). Recovery has been going well (slow, but steady progress) and with each month I get a greater ROM, with less & less pain at the outer ranges. I've even built up some rotator cuff strength, and can actually sleep on my left side without pain - amazing.[/color]
[color=#000000]I've been going to the gym for the past two months, focusing mainly on core strength exercises: pull downs & rows for back, squats & lunges for legs, sit-ups, and lighter / higher repetition cable press exercises for shoulders (seated cable press) and chest (seated cable flys). I've also been riding the stationary bike 4 times a week. So far, so good - no issues.[/color]
[color=#000000]I would like to work my chest and shoulders a little more, but certainly don't want to risk re-injury. Should I stay away from the barbell bench press / barbell shoulder press forever or can I start to incorporate those (lightly) into my routine?[/color]
[color=#000000]If I should stay away, what exercises do you recommend for safe chest and shoulder development?[/color]
Edited by BLSJDS, March 02, 2012 - 07:59 AM.