Can bodybuilding hinder your potential in tennis?

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  1. dman72

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    Everything I've read says it's easier. I'm going to try it as an alternative this week. I have a power rack in my garage, so I don't have to worry about killing myself under the bar.
     
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    I think that decline BP is harder on the shoulder because you take the elbows farther behind you (towards the head).
     
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    Are we mixing up incline and decline here? Do some googling of bodybuilding and powerlifting sites..the consensus seems to be that decline bench has much less shoulder involvement.
     
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    I am now @ 83 kgs, O do yoga, sprints, stretching, you name it, I never feel hindered from my muscle, I would like to be a bit lighter, maybe 77 kgs, Im sure that would make me more nimble, but as long as you work in full range of motion, make sure you don't have imbalances you will be fine!

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    Neutral grip flat or decline barbell presses are easiest on the shoulder, IMHO. But they don't hit your chest nearly as hard - and aren't the full body exercise a bench press is. Yes benching correctly will use a lot of different muscles in your body..even your legs. It's also a pain to load dumbbell presses..

    Shoulder anatomy varies some - and some kinds can bench and play tennis no problem. For others not so much...Incidentally SOME machines can work the chest without shoulder impingement. The key is often finding a machine that limits range of motion to close to a floor press (another safe but inconvenient shoulder exercise). This one exercise routine fits everyone is a mistake, IMHO..

    I believe that you should feel zero pain while lifting (you might feel strain or serious soreness afterwards) but if an exercise is hurting you while doing it - stop.
     
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