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Old 10-16-2008, 04:50 PM   #1
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...and some presses

70 lbs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXkWKzbXhuM

72.5 lbs (finally got to use my iron woody fractional plates )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6systlIkSk

Criticisms appreciated.

I feel like I have some excessive layback and its turning into sort of an incline press...any suggestions on a fix?
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:10 PM   #2
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Re: ...and some presses

Long videos... can't download too much... as such I only watched a couple presses.

You don't need to lean your head back like that to get it out of the way. Don't look at the ceiling.
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Old 10-17-2008, 01:46 PM   #3
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Re: ...and some presses

It looks like you are not maintaining tension in your chest/upper back during your reps. You should be taking a deep breath in, making a big chest and squeezing your butt/stomach/chest/hands as you start the rep. Staying tight helps you transfer power to the bar. I think you are moving your head a bit too much which is causing the rest of your body to move around which is not trasnferring force effectively. If you haven't had a chance yet, pick up Starting Strength Vol2 by Mark Rippetoe, the press chapter explains a lot of this stuff much better than I ever could. Also as said above, don't look up so much, try to look ahead even while moving the bar past your face.
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Old 10-18-2008, 12:29 PM   #4
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Re: ...and some presses

and you know you can use the stretch reflex for all the reps after the first one if you rebound out of the bottom and do not bring it all the way to resting on your shoulders each rep.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:44 AM   #5
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Re: ...and some presses

To add what everyone else is saying, lean back at the start of the press. That bar moves straight up and you move around it. So start back and as it gets to forehead level, push yourself underneath the bar.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:00 PM   #6
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Re: ...and some presses

At the start drop your elbows, make sure your wrists are straight up and down. At the top, shrug your shoulders up to your ears while trying to squeeze your scapula together. Try and get a few more inches of elevation on the bar like that.

Good work!
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:00 PM   #7
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Re: ...and some presses

Look straight ahead, do not lean your neck back. We don't need cervical hyperextension causing a neck injury.

Other than that, it was a pretty good lift!!
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Old 10-28-2008, 11:10 AM   #8
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and you know you can use the stretch reflex for all the reps after the first one if you rebound out of the bottom and do not bring it all the way to resting on your shoulders each rep.
Is this Rip's official position? When I started SS, I used to do this but have gone the other way - full stop at each rep.
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:49 PM   #9
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Is this Rip's official position? When I started SS, I used to do this but have gone the other way - full stop at each rep.
I am not sure if it is his "official" opinion or not, I just know that the more weight you can put up the greater an adaption you will get and the stronger you get. Since I can move more weight if I use the rebound than if I do not I figure using the rebound is better for developing strength That is what I think about it though, I am going to the barbell cert this weekend so I can ask Rip if this is ok then

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Old 10-28-2008, 12:52 PM   #10
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I am going to the barbell cert this weekend so I can ask Rip if this is ok then

Sweet, let us know what he says. I stopped using the stretch reflex for the same reason I don't use it for DL. I'm actually stronger now, but have recently stalled. I'm going to be alternating my normal strict OHP with PP and see if that helps.
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