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Post by robertscott » Fri Feb 25, 2011 7:31 am

when I set up for the press I squeeze the hell out of my abs, glutes and lats, this makes my forearms perpendicular to the floor and has my hands starting about 2 inches above my clavicles. This is the ROM I use and seems the most natural (to me anyway)


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Post by Nevage » Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:24 am

Clavicles for me too. It just rests there naturally. If I was too lift something above my head in everyday life (not sure why I'd need to!) then I'd start from there.

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Post by Jungledoc » Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:30 am

nygmen wrote:i try and kiss the bar every rep....
This is troubling. I'm worried both about you, and about the folks who use the bar after you.

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Post by DavidMcF » Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:02 pm

Question about Pressing

see feet together - i.e. Military Press

and feet wider apart

is there much difference? or is it really just preference. I imagine feet together would require more core stabilisation?

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Post by stuward » Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:29 pm

Core stability is the biggest difference. The wider stance makes it easier. Military press is more of a standard so you can measure your actual progress better. Whether you use a narrow stance, wide stance, split stance or use a little leg drive is up to you. All will make you stronger but you can't directly compare them. Any improvement based on stance is not a real improvement so use whatever standard you chose and keep it consistent.


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Post by DavidMcF » Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:45 am

Okay thanks stuward, I think I prefer the Military press

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Post by Matt Z » Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:24 pm

I use a fairly narrow stance for Military Presses, but I don't keep my feet together. In fact, I don't do ANY exercises with my feet touching.

Also, I keep my heels down and don't use any leg drive.

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Post by DavidMcF » Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:47 am

In my personal opinion leg drive is cheating :D

If I use my legs on any upper body exercise I dont count the rep. Unless it's like a clean and press!

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Post by Jungledoc » Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:34 am

Push presses are a legitimate exercise, and isn't "cheating". It's not a standard press, it's a push press. If you think you are doing standard presses but are using leg drive, then you just aren't doing the exercise you think you are, you're not "cheating". It's up to the individual to select whatever exercise or variant they want to use. There is no rule-making body that you are defying if you do a push press!

If you are bragging about your big press, and you are really doing push presses, that's just being dishonest, like using big body English on a curl, and claiming that you can really curl that big weight. But it's a fine variant of the press, and kindda fun to mix in once in a while.

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Post by Jebus » Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:27 pm

The Push Press can also help you get out of a sticky point. Also it's more applicable to most real world situations.

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Post by DavidMcF » Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:11 pm

So a push press does that use the whole legs or is it just kinda a short kick like a calf raise?
I might do some of them to work my calves at the end of a pressing workout

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Post by Jungledoc » Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:16 pm

DavidMcF wrote:So a push press does that use the whole legs or is it just kinda a short kick like a calf raise?
I might do some of them to work my calves at the end of a pressing workout
Whatever you want is OK.

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Post by DavidMcF » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:44 pm

Thanks for the feedback mate


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