My name is Dr. Trevor Pfaendtner D.O. PGY-1 and I have been powerlifting for nine years both equipped and raw with elite multiply totals in the 275 and 308 class as well as 1751 raw with wraps total. My best competition bench presses are 722 multiply and 479 raw. I have tried numerous training methodologies and have experienced several minor injuries along the way. In order to maintain the training standard that I set for myself while recovering from minor injuries such as pectoral strains or acromioclavicular joint inflammation, I needed to experiment with different exercises that I could perform pain-free while allowing for adequate recovery.
Board presses of various heights were one such exercise that allowed me to train through injuries effectively. One of the challenges of my demanding schedule is finding training partners and spotters that can accommodate my odd hours. When performing traditional board presses the options were to find someone who did not know what to do or place the boards underneath my shirt, which would not provide adequate stability while performing the exercise. When attempting to rehab an injury, all factors must be accounted for to prevent further injury.
TheBenchBlokz design allows for safe performance of the board press while eliminating the need for added personnel which can be unfortunately hard to come by. Furthermore, the versatility of the BenchBlokz configurations allows for adjustment to individualized injury parameters.
By no means are these statements intended to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Whenever an injury is present, athletes are strongly encouraged to seek medical attention and evaluation for clearance to continue to exercise. I can only speak from my own experiences.
When reviewing this product, I looked into the Journal of Sports Medicine for relevant articles to support my thoughts on the product. "Upper Extremity Weight-Training Modifications for the Injured Athlete: A Clinical Perspective" outlined several different approaches to various injuries. One such scenario featured was rotator cuff injury, which can be very common across athletic domains from football and basketball to baseball and weightlifting. Their recommendations included a progression of bench press ranges of motion by way of towels, working down to the chest as tolerated with injury resolution. The BenchBlokz device could be very beneficial in this progression as it would provide a more stable surface for the athlete to bench press off of and the varying configurations of the BenchBlokz lends itself perfectly to this scenario to adjust as injuries resolve.
In light of my own personal experiences with injuries and the recommendations of Martin Fees et al.in their article, "Upper Extremity Weight-Training Modifications for the Injured Athlete: A Clinical Perspective," I would recommend the BenchBlokz device for potential use by athletes attempting to rehabilitate their shoulder/pec injuries so long as they are being monitored by their health professionals. The BenchBlokz system has the potential to be a useful component to rehabilitation regimen as well as an injury preventative measure when used in conjunction with traditional physical therapy and medical professional recommendations/guidelines.