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Joe,

I mentioned in my other post I’m dealing with a nagging elbow issue. I’ve noticed in my left forearm/wrist I can’t pronate nearly as well, which i think is causing issues with my left elbow. As I’m doing corrective work/mobilizing that joint, I’m trying to find alternatives for pressing motions. Seems like barbell pressing is aggravating it due to compensating at the elbow joint since i can’t pronate my forearm/wrist as well.

I’m working dumbbell pressing back into the rotation and that’s feeling great so far. My gym has a football/Swiss bar, I tried using that to incline barbell press yesterday. It felt good, but I found the stability factor made it hard to load as heavy as I would like. Would you consider this a good alternative for straight bar pressing, and if not do you have any other movements you would suggest? I typically do 2 pressing movements and 1 fly for my chest focused push days