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Old 03-04-2008, 08:34 AM   #1
Jason Karr
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Regarding over the head lifts...

Is it proper to start with the bar on the ground? The reason I ask is a lot of times with shoulder presses and push presses I use the squat cage and just have the bar about chest height on the rack. Should I start picking it up from the ground? The main reason I do this is I tend to use 10lb weights at my gym that are really small. We dont have the rubber oversized weights. I do have one set of plastic 10lb plates but just one set and they are awkward on the bar as they tend to angle because the hole in the plate is a little bigger than the bar. And all the clips are so used that they slid on the bar so it never stays real tight. I use them as much as I can but prefer to just use the normal plates with these exercises. Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:51 AM   #2
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Re: Regarding over the head lifts...

Nothing wrong with taking them out of the rack unless the workout specifically calls for a clean first. Of course, if you want to work on your cleans a little extra it can't hurt to start each set with a clean, but that would just be a personal preference thing.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:53 AM   #3
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Re: Regarding over the head lifts...

Jason, although there is certainly additional benefit to taking the bar from the floor each time you want to press, jerk whatever it is not considered part of the exercise. More concerning to me is having a bar with loose plates overhead at all. If it's as loose as you say, I would recommend buying a set of clips and taking them to the gym with you. Maybe it's just my overactive imagination but that sounds like an accident waiting to happen.

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Old 03-04-2008, 09:16 AM   #4
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Re: Regarding over the head lifts...

LOL, I should have explained that a little better. The clips hold the weight, but it it does slide about a 1/2 inch to an inch. No more than that. It is just with those particular 10lb plastic weights they are already a hair to big for the bar so when you put the bar on the ground it angles in slightly(unless I have a really tight clip) or to one side or the other. Hard to describe with out a picture. Just think of a 45lb plate sitting perfect on the bar, then when you put it down it angles at about 5-10 degrees while on the floor. But yes they do need new clips because the ones they have are starting to get a little too loose for comfort.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:20 AM   #5
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Re: Regarding over the head lifts...

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LOL, I should have explained that a little better. The clips hold the weight, but it it does slide about a 1/2 inch to an inch. No more than that. It is just with those particular 10lb plastic weights they are already a hair to big for the bar so when you put the bar on the ground it angles in slightly(unless I have a really tight clip) or to one side or the other. Hard to describe with out a picture. Just think of a 45lb plate sitting perfect on the bar, then when you put it down it angles at about 5-10 degrees while on the floor. But yes they do need new clips because the ones they have are starting to get a little too loose for comfort.
Thought that might have been the case but better safe than sorry right. Still, for a couple of bucks you could get some clips of your own and get rid of the problem. Then you'd be able to pull from the floor and go overhead safe and sound

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