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Old 01-20-2008, 06:09 PM   #1
Jacob Vohs
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I can't do standing presses in my basement which is my gym due to the low ceilings. What should I do? I'm doing the starting strength program and I need to be able to do presses. My squat rack isn't movable so I can't move it anywhere. I thought about going outside and trying to clean the weight up and then get into pressing position but it is currently winter out and its freezing. What do you guys think?
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Old 01-20-2008, 06:16 PM   #2
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Re: Press

You can do seated press, but you don't get the nice core stablization and other stuff you get with it standing. But you can if you really need to.

Honestly, shouldn't be that bad going outside or upstairs where there is more room?
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:26 AM   #3
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Re: Press

I would vote for kneeling over sitting. Or just go outside.
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:58 AM   #4
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Re: Press

I vote for Sots presses instead.
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:53 AM   #5
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There are too many variables in the Sots press to make it a good exercise for a novice to build pressing strength.

I vote for Jacob getting a coat.
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:26 AM   #6
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Re: Press

Definitely go outside. Besides, cleaning the weight up to press it is a good warmup for the power cleans which come after the press (if memory serves me correctly).
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Old 01-21-2008, 11:07 AM   #7
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Cut two plate sized holes in your basement's ceiling. Or dig a you sized hole in your foundation
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Old 01-21-2008, 11:24 AM   #8
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Re: Press

I wouldn't recommend doing presses kneeling. You could be putting your back in a bad position. You'll need to be very mindful of your core if you do that. I agree that it's worth putting on some warm layers and a hot and doing them outside.
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Old 01-21-2008, 01:32 PM   #9
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Re: Press

can you press the empty bar overhead? if so you can hang some chains from it and work on progressive loading.
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Old 01-21-2008, 01:37 PM   #10
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Re: Press

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I thought about going outside and trying to clean the weight up and then get into pressing position but it is currently winter out and its freezing. What do you guys think?
Exactly how freezing is "freezing"? I don't know about running around outside in cold weather (maybe if you bundle up really well) but I routinely handle more stationary work at around 40 degrees. I mean, your hands will get really cold, but it doesn't seem too bad.

Ultimately, though, I agree with Gant. Get a coat.
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