1) Which would be better for over all shoulder width. Side Laterals or Clean and Presses
2) Can anyone tell me why all forms of bench pressing (even fairly light weigh) less then the military presses I do bother my left rotator cuff but yet military presses don't bother me at all.
First off, I'm 57 so I'm only too familiar with age and injury. I've had major surgery on both shoulders, so I've had to do lot of experimentation to come up with a menu of excercises I can do effectively.
1) I can't imagine not doing both raises and some form of overhead pressing for shoulders, but if I had to pick, I'd do presses. I switch them up; some times I warm up with different styles to see which one feels best for my shoulders that day.. Standing or seated military (usually seated) with a free bar, Smith machine, or DB's. I can't do behind the head presses anymore. Unfortunately, that's the best my delts ever were when I could do them with a good bit of weight.
2) It took a while, but I finally found a grip width and path of motion that allows me to bench press without aggravating my shoulders, but I have to be very strict. I can bench more than I can military, but I do my most effective bench work with DB's.