Yesterday during my workout (chest, shoulder, triceps) something really odd happened, while doing incline bench press, one of my shoulders "popped" it didn't hurt, I was able to finish my reps. Then it popped again while doing dips, no pain, just an odd feeling. Today I'm not aching or anything but I'm concerned I might be pushing my shoulders to the limit and raising the risk of an actual injury.

Are these type of events normal? I've been working out for a while, but I've never heard/felt my shoulder pop before.

PS It was the left shoulder, and I'm left-handed, I don't know if that's a relevant detail.

  • In the absence of pain, some snapping and popping my be normal. But, it's dependent upon your age, exercise experience and any previous injuries.
    – rrirower
    Nov 27, 2015 at 19:04
  • No injury history, 26, exercised the entirety of 2014, for different reasons dropped it from jan - may 2015, been actively working out since then... @rrirower
    – Just Do It
    Nov 27, 2015 at 19:07

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I want to preface this response with "I am not a health professional." In fact, I am merely a college student who enjoys weightlifting. When I played football in high school I had the same exact problem with my left shoulder (I am right handed, however). I experienced the same symptoms as you: popping joints with little-to-no pain while working out and when on the field making tackles.

I had some x-rays done, and the doctors weren't able to identify anything serious. I later went to a specialist, and he told me that I had loose tendons. By adding shoulder workouts to all of my workouts, I was able to strengthen the surrounding muscles and tendons. I managed to build up the tissue around my joint, keeping the shoulder in place. After a few months of these specialized workouts, the problem subsided.

Some good workouts:

  • Could you edit your answer adding these specialized shoulder workouts?
    – Just Do It
    Nov 27, 2015 at 23:01
  • Does that help you? Nov 27, 2015 at 23:07
  • Yeah, it doesn't matter they're just links, I'm writing them down in a file. Thanks
    – Just Do It
    Nov 27, 2015 at 23:09
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    If you're satisfied with my response, feel free to mark your question answered :) Nov 27, 2015 at 23:22
  • I plan to, I'm giving my question til next morning since I barely posted it today
    – Just Do It
    Nov 27, 2015 at 23:23

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