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Behind the neck presses puts more stress on the shoulders and increases the chance of a shoulder injury (note this is gym science and I'm not sure I've ever actually seen a study on the difference).
bjwuk,bjwuk wrote:Is there much difference between doing shoulder press to the chest and doing it behind the neck? I tend to switch between the two doing one rep to the chest and the next rep behind the neck etc.
As hoosegow noted, performing behind the neck does place some stress on the shoulders. However, I believe this is some value in them.
Alternating the shoulder press and behind the neck press is a version of the Bradford Press.
The difference is that in the Bradford Press, only half of the movement is performed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb661IHZD68" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I see the Bradford Press being somewhat of a theraputic movement for the shoulders like the Kettlebell Halo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsyCQorkx-s" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
BTW I don't gain much from doing shoulder press to improve lift itself. When I stop doing it, my press suddenly goes up. If I get back doing it again, it actually goes down. Weird I know maybe it's because of (the issues in) my shoulders.
Keeping it in front of the chest is more internally rotated, this lets you use the mid-deltoid better. Behind the neck's external rotation pretty much makes it only the anterior fibers I think.