No more big bench presses for me. Since my torn pec problem two years ago I have been limited to cables and hammer strength. But its getting the job done. I am still seeing a massage therapist which has helped tremendously. I also turned 47 today and it does make a difference in strength, my size is staying about the same. I have cut down on the weight in my dead-lifts from 605 for reps to 510 and down to 425 for reps. Squats I am 525 for reps on the smith machine and 415 for reps in the rack.
The pec tear was a huge offset,(it was a 2 inch tear), but I am grateful for the big dumbbells and bench I got before it happened. I can do up to 100 lbs dumbbells now, but it is awkward to say the least. I still have a small dimpled peck area when flexing but it is usually unnoticeable at a relaxed stance.
The scary thing about these tears are the fact that I never had any indications of it coming on. I felt strong and normal with good presses, the only thing that I could say is I was using the hand made bar that made the weights wobbly and I think my arm got to much outside of a safe zone of stability. BUT I have heard of muscle tears regardless of proper form.
I would highly recommend warming up the muscles. I do cable to pump the blood into the muscles before any free press weights.
Ladies and gentlemen our journey in the iron asylum is a hard goal with years of pain and sweat. It is all worth it.
I cannot stay away from it, injuries or not.
Just use your brain as the first muscle to flex in judging your progress without going beyond something not rational to safety.
Good luck stay safe.