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Antun Karlovac 05-08-2009 12:12 PM

Shoulder racking bar between reps on a shoulder press
 
Hi all,

Just wanted to get other people's opinions:

When doing heavy shoulder press reps, is it better to return to the rack position (i.e. with elbows in front) between reps, or not?

I tried doing this between every rep last week (so that I could take a breath) and I'm not sure if it helped or made things worse. (I was drained that day; did poorly in the lifts and run).

-Antun

Scott Allen Hanson 05-08-2009 12:38 PM

Re: Shoulder racking bar between reps on a shoulder press
 
Some, myself included, take a short/shallow breath at the top while locked out. This allows you to use a bit of the stretch rebound at the bottom.

Antun Karlovac 05-08-2009 12:47 PM

Re: Shoulder racking bar between reps on a shoulder press
 
That makes sense - it does seem to be easier to touch-and-go. Thanks.

-Antun

Antun Karlovac 05-09-2009 03:24 PM

Re: Shoulder racking bar between reps on a shoulder press
 
OK, I just re-read the shoulder press chapter in Rippetoe. It looks like for the shoulder press, you're not supposed to go into a full rack position (like when doing a front squat). Your elbows are only supposed to be [I]slightly[/I] in front of the bar.

That would explain why it was more awkward trying to rest between reps - given that I was rotating right around it.

It also is more natural to touch-and-go if you're not trying to go into a full rack.

-Antun

Jamie J. Skibicki 05-09-2009 06:49 PM

Re: Shoulder racking bar between reps on a shoulder press
 
Your fore arms should be perpendicular to the plane of the floor at the bottom of the press.

Antun Karlovac 05-15-2009 04:02 PM

Re: Shoulder racking bar between reps on a shoulder press
 
Thanks Jaime. That corresponds to what I saw in the SS book too.

I did shoulder presses yesterday, this time not trying to rotate my forearms at the bottom, but instead doing "touch-and-go" and breathing at the top. Did much better.

-Antun


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