Best alternative to straight bar for pressing?

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    Kenneth Watts
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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

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    Joe
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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

    #24714
    Kenneth Watts
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    Awesome man thank you! Ya admitted I cheat when I do close grip press and keep my thumb pressed against the top of the bar to help stabilize it haha.

    What would you say are the main differences between a straight bar press vs a Swiss bar for pecs specifically? The two things I noticed are sensation wise I felt a lot more work in the outer/side fibers of my pecs. I also found I could bring the bar deeper compared to a straight bar without any shoulder pain. Going forward once my elbow is better I’ll probably have the banded smith and dumbells as my 2 main movements, but it’d be nice to have a good 3rd option available

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