I don't have a training buddy who likes his weights so I don't have a spot. So I can only use dumbells for chest, but I think lifting heavy dumbells on the flat is why I get shoulder pain so much. I read that the smith machine is too strict with its action to be used on the flat. Call me thick if you like but I have to ask some basic questions:
a) do you think dumbells are the cause of my shoulder problems?
b) are they as effective on hitting the pecs?
c) is the smith machine bad for the rotator cuff?
and d) I really want to blast my pecs and my usual pec day is:
flat dumbell presses 10-8-6-failure
cable flyes 10-8-6-failure
incline smith machine presses 10-8-8-failure
decline dumbell flyes 8-failure-failure-failure
machine chest presses as many as I can be bothered to do taking each set to failure.
Does this look like a good routine to you?
Thanks for any replies