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Old 11-21-2005, 03:42 PM   #1
Tim Ulcoq
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Hey guys I was wondering what the general consensus is on military presses around here? I've been doing them for a while to build my shoulders up for tackling in rugby. Do people recommend them or is there a better alternative?
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Old 11-21-2005, 03:52 PM   #2
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In general crossfit favours more powerful movements and therefore i would suggest push press or jerks.
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Old 11-21-2005, 04:11 PM   #3
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Handstand pushups.
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Old 11-21-2005, 04:45 PM   #4
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Thrusters.
I would do thrusters over HSPU soley because to develop a full range of motion you need to do HSPU in a hole (ie.. with your hands elevated). I personally prefer HSPUs but then I have bricks inside my house lying beside the wall...

Plus thrusters work your legs at the same time...
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Old 11-21-2005, 08:36 PM   #5
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They're just fine. They're a compound exercise with your feet on the ground. So- let me amend that- standing military presses. Developing your push and jerk is of course vital, but the military is a fine, fine movement. If you want to train power, make it a jerk- if you want metabolics, make it a thruster, and if you want something more exciting in general, do the HSPU.
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Old 11-22-2005, 01:01 AM   #6
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Military presses rock! I remember a Dan John quote 'if all you did was clean and press you would be great'.
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Old 11-22-2005, 08:10 AM   #7
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Tim - I second (third, fourth, fifth...) all that has been said here. I would also suggest you remember the "active shoulder" (crossfit issue # 37) and as for training - you might want to check out this article from Testosterone (advanced dumbbell training) as tackling tends to be unilateral. The unilateral db hang squat cleans - are pretty fun and work the trapezius muscle - I'll be incorporating it into my team's training:
http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=822808

In rugby, what I've found is that the knees and the shoulders are where the injuries occur most - so you're doing the right thing by focusing on the shoulders. Good luck!
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Old 11-22-2005, 09:24 AM   #8
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The press is about the absolute best lift for strengthening the shoulders

Push press and jerks are close ... and also are very good for strengthening just about every other part of the body
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