- Aug 30, 2011
This right here. Great advice imo.Already has been mentioned but to reiterate good advice.
Form before heavier weights.
Make sure you are completely warmed up using a foam roller especially across your shoulders and thoracic spine.
If you had trouble before and you're having trouble again I personally would find a certified FMS (functional movement specialist) practitioner or strength one coach. Not so much for the training itself but let them screen you and find out where your imbalances are and let them point you in the right direction to alleviate not only posible impinging movement but poor form also.
What I see a lot with my clients when they first come to me when they do an overhead press they do more of a standing incline chest press and by this I mean they Lean Back slightly and they try and push from their chest rather from their shoulders. One way to correct that quickly is doing seated high back overhead press so you can't lean back that will tell you very quickly if your form is that far off.
If you're using barbells I would consider switching to dumbbells. You may have one shoulder that has impingement and it's not letting it rotate correctly as you lift it's throwing both sides off and then putting the pressure on your mid to upper back.
That is the couple of places that I would start
Get the FMS screen done by a certified practitioner. Most everyone has some type of imbalances and asymmetries going on and the screen will help you pinpoint them so you know what you need to work on. Hows your thoracic extension and rotation? Could be anything actually but I would start with checking that.