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Old 11-03-2008, 09:23 AM   #1
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Flexibility issues with shoulder press/push press

Hi everyone, I looking for some stretching advice for my shoulders. I have some limited range of motion in my shoulders. Spicificly when doing overhead press or overhead squat. I see people dropping there head down and driving threw to get better lifts out of there shoulders. I can not acquire this position. I simply can not make the stretch. I'm having a hard time figureing out what muscles are stopping me. Any ideas on stretching exercises that could help me get to that point would be really appreciated.
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:30 AM   #2
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Re: Flexibility issues with shoulder press/push press

Cat stretch:
http://www.drillsandskills.com/stretching/General/gn003

Broomstick dislocates, bridges (done properly), handstands against the wall where you press your chest away from the wall.
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:39 AM   #3
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Re: Flexibility issues with shoulder press/push press

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Cat stretch:
http://www.drillsandskills.com/stretching/General/gn003

Broomstick dislocates, bridges (done properly), handstands against the wall where you press your chest away from the wall.
Just out of interest, what's the difference between a properly and improperly performed bridge?

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Old 11-03-2008, 11:10 AM   #4
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Re: Flexibility issues with shoulder press/push press

My boyfriend use to have trouble doing jerks, push and shoulder presses, etc due to poor shoulder flexibility. He routinely did and still does dislocations with a peice of PVC pipe (no weight) and works his way in.

If you do this you want to make sure to work slowly, pushing to hard can tear and pull tendons and muscles, which will be an entirely new set of problems. :-)

You could also try yoga ;-)
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:14 AM   #5
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Re: Flexibility issues with shoulder press/push press

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My boyfriend use to have trouble doing jerks, push and shoulder presses, etc due to poor shoulder flexibility. He routinely did and still does dislocations with a peice of PVC pipe (no weight) and works his way in.

If you do this you want to make sure to work slowly, pushing to hard can tear and pull tendons and muscles, which will be an entirely new set of problems. :-)

You could also try yoga ;-)
I hear thats a good place to pick up ladies j/k

+1 on the PVC pipe, its just a slow process for me I guess.

Did your BF werestle in high school/college? that seems to be the thing that killed it for me.

Thanks for the advice guys.
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Re: Flexibility issues with shoulder press/push press

Halos work well - here's how with a kb: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zrpWY7cC4o (WFS)

You can also use a plate - upping the weight over time.
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Re: Flexibility issues with shoulder press/push press

In a proper bridge your chest is pushed out over your hands so the stretch is in the shoulders. An improper bridge will be felt in the lower back. We do not want a hyper mobile lower back. If you can not straighten your arms in a bridge, then get your feet up on a raised surface until you can straighten your arms. Press your chest open hard.
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