An effective alternative to the traditional chest press for those with shoulder pain.
In this video analysis (Google ipod compatible, 3.6MB; Google streaming flash video), Bud demonstrates the rotated dumbbell chest press. The chest press can be a challenging exercise for those with shoulder pain. The problem usually arises with the abducted and externally rotated position that is required for the exercise. The rotation at the bottom of this move helps to eliminate the stress put on the shouolder joint and supporting structures.
In the first photo at the left Bud is in the start position for the press. As you can see his elbows are close to his sides and his palms are facing each other. In this position the shoulder is internally rotated and there is less stress on the joint. This is a very safe position in which to begin the movement as the joint is strong and stable when it is internally rotated. It should be noted that it is in this start position that most people feel the shoulder pain.
The second photo shows Bud in the initial push off phase. Although his shoulders are still internally rotated you can see that as he is pushing he begins to rotate his hands and bring his elbows wide. As he progresses through the move he will be able to safely bring his shoulders into abduction and external rotation.
The third photo clearly shows Bud widening his elbow position as he pushes towards the top of the move. It is at this point that the move begins to look more like a traditional chest press. There is less stress on the joint at the top of the move. The fourth photo shows the top of the move. Buds' palms are facing away from him. As he returns the dumbbells to the start position he rotates his palms so they are facing each other at the bottom again.
Bud states that this variation of the chest press alleviates the strain he feels in his shoulder when performing a traditional chest press or even bench press.