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Old 06-18-2009, 10:13 AM   #1
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When Should I/ Coul I add traditonal power routines in?

While the Crossfit workout does a great job of hitting a lot of traditional power lifts such as squats, cleans, snatch etc. I havenot seen anywhere military press nor bench press. While I know bench press is not the most important lift, as a former football player it has been a major component of my workouts for a long time. I was wondering if I should do the lft and if so when? While I have made overall gains, I feel like I am losing a lot of strength/definition in my chest. Any info is great appreciated.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:36 AM   #2
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Re: When Should I/ Coul I add traditonal power routines in?

Don, I do not anything about you or your goals so I can only speak for myself.
Although there is not much Bench Press in CF routines (with exception of Linda and Lynne) chest getting a lot of attention while doing other whole body exercises. For last two years I did not do BP other than in these two workouts. Just because I did not know what else to do day before yesterday I did BP test as part of ME workout and pressed the best weight ever, 30lb more than when I was 10lb heavier and BP was a staple exercise in my routine (245x5 at 175 BW).
But if you are more ambitious than that, then of course you can train more and come up with your own programming combining CF and lifts. That's what I and many other people do.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:41 AM   #3
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Re: When Should I/ Coul I add traditonal power routines in?

You're welcome to do both of those lifts, if you desire. There is plenty of ink in the CF Journal on why these two lifts are not featured frequently (or at all, in the case of the military press). I like to go bouldering even though I've never seen it on the WOD. WOD does not equal GOD. And even if it did, it feels fun to break the rules now and then.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:42 AM   #4
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Re: When Should I/ Coul I add traditonal power routines in?

Or just do CrossFitFootBall or CrossFitStrengthBias. Plenty of pressing involved in there.
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:51 AM   #5
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Re: When Should I/ Coul I add traditonal power routines in?

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I was wondering if I should do the lft and if so when?
You should do, at most, one Bench Press workout for every Shoulder Press workout. This will prevent an imbalance between the anterior and posterior deltoids and could save you a shoulder injury.

If you're terribly worried about how your chest looks and that's just not enough, try weighted Ring Dips.
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Old 06-18-2009, 12:21 PM   #6
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Re: When Should I/ Coul I add traditonal power routines in?

Sorry to thread hijack, but I always thought that shoulder press and military press were the same?

For example, in this link:
http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/...taryPress.html
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Old 06-18-2009, 12:33 PM   #7
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Re: When Should I/ Coul I add traditonal power routines in?

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Sorry to thread hijack, but I always though that shoulder press and military press were the same?
It's been my understanding that a Military Press has the heels touching. The Press (or Shoulder Press or Overhead Press or whatever, depending on who you're asking) allows any stance width.
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:25 PM   #8
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Re: When Should I/ Coul I add traditonal power routines in?

The military press has the heels touching and the body must stay rigid and un moving. In an over head press, the feet can be any distance apart but must be in line with each other and bending at the hips is allowed. CF as further refined this to be you can bend at the hips as long as the front of the shoulder does not go behind the heels.
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The military press has the heels touching and the body must stay rigid and un moving. In an over head press, the feet can be any distance apart but must be in line with each other and bending at the hips is allowed. CF as further refined this to be you can bend at the hips as long as the front of the shoulder does not go behind the heels.
Good to know. Thanks for the clarification.

It seems like just a minor detail as to why they're different. I can understand adding BP if you're focusing on strength, but why would one need to add military press?
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