In athletics having shoulder integrity is extremely important. For many reasons the bench press has become a measure of one’s upper body strength and has become a strong component of almost all athletic programs. Yet all muscles are important and a weakness or injury to any affects the function of the entire musculoskeletal system. Many ‘strength coaches’ design their workouts making sure that if you do a pushing exercise that you include a pulling movement to address the scapula, humerus, glenohumeral joint and clavicle.
At the University of Pittsburgh you push on the bench press and pull on the Pendulum 3-Way Row.
The Ultimate Pulling Machine