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Old 06-02-2009, 02:16 PM   #1
Antun Karlovac
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Anyone ever shoulder press unevenly?

In my gym, the minimum plate size is 2.5lbs, so the minimum increment (if you add 2 * 2.5lbs to the bar) is 5lbs.

That can be a bit much for shoulder presses.

Has anyone ever loaded the bar unevenly to get around this problem? (i.e. Get to a weight that I want to increment past, and just add one 2.5lbs plate to one side). I assume I'd have to figure out the new center of balance and adjust my grip on the bar accordingly.

Just wondering if anyone has ever done this before?

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Old 06-02-2009, 02:21 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone ever shoulder press unevenly?

find some chains or other things you can hang from the barbell that weigh 1 lbs or whatever you want to increase.

dont need to be plates
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Old 06-02-2009, 02:28 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone ever shoulder press unevenly?

WHat steven said about incrementals. I have made them from a u-bolt and stock steel.

THat being said, lifting uneven weights can be a useful training technique.
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:13 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone ever shoulder press unevenly?

You could use large washers taped together.
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Old 06-02-2009, 05:04 PM   #5
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Re: Anyone ever shoulder press unevenly?

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You could use large washers taped together.
I splurged on some incremental plates from Rogue.
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:30 PM   #6
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Re: Anyone ever shoulder press unevenly?

i hear baseball bat weights work, or heres an idea: get some sand, some baggies, a digital scale, weigh them to a pound and a quarter, and tape them on. some chain might work too.
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:15 PM   #7
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Re: Anyone ever shoulder press unevenly?

Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll dig about and see what I can find.

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Re: Anyone ever shoulder press unevenly?

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THat being said, lifting uneven weights can be a useful training technique.
Definitely. My buddy and I have messed around with uneven squats and uneven OHS and they are f***ing HARD. It takes mid-line stabilization to a whole new level.
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:15 AM   #9
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Re: Anyone ever shoulder press unevenly?

Antun-

I wouldn't ever suggest shoulder pressing unevenly (with a BB). If 2.5 lb. plates are the smallest plate and you want to make an increase in weight, I would suggest using 1 lb. collars. I have yet to train in any gym that did not have collars -- though the type of collar varies. You can get creative and use more than one collar per side. I would just suggest always keeping equal weight on both sides of the bar. The shoulder is a relatively weak muscle group, and free weight shoulder presses use a lot of stabilizing. GL.
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:27 AM   #10
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Re: Anyone ever shoulder press unevenly?

Find a local Fastenal store or look it up online. They have 2" washers that weigh 1.25lb per set of 2. They are about $2.15 each, much cheaper than buying a set of incremental plates. So you can use 2 to increase the weight 1.25lbs, or use 4 to increase 2.5 lbs at a time. You can also grind off a little material from each one to increase in 1 lb increments. Just use your imagination
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