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Old 04-23-2008, 02:05 PM   #1
Arturo Garcia
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Floor Press question.

In Power to the People, by Pavel, he says one should keep the shoulders back and towards the feet. "Imagine squeezing a tennis ball with your shoulder blades". He says, that when raising the weight, one should NOT roll the shoulders forward. Elbows have locked, and that's it, time for another rep. Shoulders back and down at all times.

Isn't this the opposite of the "active shoulders" everyone recommends in here, for example, when pressing overhead and in many other exercises? Just curious. I hope I don't get the "use the search!!!!" response
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Old 04-23-2008, 05:57 PM   #2
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Re: Floor Press question.

Stable base for the weight.

Generally, active shoulders have to do with pressing bodyweight movements (dips, handstands/HSPUs, pushups, planche, etc.) whereas with an external weight (press, OHS, bench, turkish getups, etc.) you want to keep the scapulae retracted to create a stable platform for the weight to be held on.
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