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Old 07-26-2008, 05:48 PM   #21
Mike Rosenberg
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Re: How can I improve my press strength?

Try ladders:

Rep sets of 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2

move to 1, 2, 3, 2, 1, 2, 3, 2, 1

then work your way up to 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1

etc... they help you "wrap your head" around the task at hand.


if you are interested in fractional weights, go to an industrial supply dealer like Fastenal and get 2" ID washers. Cheap and effective.
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Old 07-26-2008, 07:29 PM   #22
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Re: How can I improve my press strength?

Rip at the Barbell Cert in Boston (May 08): "If your press is stuck, you need to bench more."
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Old 07-26-2008, 07:50 PM   #23
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Re: How can I improve my press strength?

Originally Posted by Brock Jones View Post
There are some great suggestions here, but within the context of a SS routine I'd say that the key will be your bench press. Increasing your bench press is flat-out the best way to increase your overhead press. The bench press doesn't get a lot of love from the CF community because it's grossly overused almost everywhere else, but as long as you don't overdo it (maintain a 1:1 press/bench press ratio) - it's strong medicine.
Isn't your bench press going to be stronger than the press due to larger muscles being used? I thought it was like 70-80% of your bench. I do agree though that bench does increase your press since the tricep lockout at the top of the press seems to be the hardest part, and the bench works those muscles.

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Old 07-27-2008, 08:50 PM   #24
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Re: How can I improve my press strength?

I know it's probably one of CF's most hated beasts, but would the incline press be useful here?

It's always seemed more 'functional' an angle to me than either the bench or even the overhead press (since pushing anything heavy from a standing position you're going to lean into it)
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