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Brian999
09-05-2009, 04:09 PM
I watched a video of Rippetoe teaching the OH press on here a while back, but I cant find it. Anybody know where it is? Also for the OH press, In the book it says you have to rest it back on your delts after each rep but it's harder that way. Anybody notice this? I cant rest it and keep my elbows up at the same time so once I rest it, I cant bring it back up to press it again unless it's light. I can rest them on my delts for each rep though If I rack the barbell again but Im not sure if thats the correct way to do them. I can press 5 reps If I rest the first rep on my delts, and just bring the barbell 2-3" away from my delts for the rest of the reps, like you'd do in a seated military press. Can you just lower it a little lower then your chin? What would be the best way to do them? I want to make sure Im doing them right so I get the real benefit of doing them.

I wish they were just normal military presses because Im able to do 175x2 definetly a lot easier.

Brian999
09-05-2009, 07:24 PM
Should this be moved to the bodybuilding & weightlifting forums:confused::confused:

LuNa
09-05-2009, 07:57 PM
Most of the vids of the lifts in Starting Strength are in the Texas Method sticky. (http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/showthread.php?t=125357)

chris mason
09-05-2009, 08:20 PM
Vincent Dizenzo is our resident overhead press specialist. Perhaps he will see this thread.

vdizenzo
09-06-2009, 07:07 AM
Vincent Dizenzo is our resident overhead press specialist. Perhaps he will see this thread.

Thanks Chris. I am too inflexible to get the bar to my delts. I just brought it under my chin, which is the rule in the APA for their overhead competitions and it was the same for two strongmen I did. If you just want big strong shoulders just bring it down to a little under chin level. That's fine.

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allan3
09-06-2009, 07:42 AM
excellent lifts. the 405 looked easy as well.

Brian C
09-06-2009, 09:27 AM
One of my favorite vids V. Never gets old

Brian999
09-06-2009, 12:33 PM
If you just want big strong shoulders just bring it down to a little under chin level. That's fine.

Exactly what I wanted to know, thanks Vince! I'll do that.

A 405lb overhead press is insane, you pressed it quick too!!! :omg:

Tom Mutaffis
09-08-2009, 09:48 AM
A lot of it has to do with flexibility or if you are allowed to use leg drive.

If you are doing push presses then you definitely want to have the bar on your delts since that will provide better power transfer from your lower body. If you are doing strict pressing (military press) similar to what Vincent did, then you just want the bar in a comfortable starting position.

Taking a thumbless grip on the bar can increase wrist flexiblity and allow for a better "rack" position many times. Making sure to push the bar slightly back and bring your head through is also important. I will see if I can find a video on my computer that demonstrates this.

Brad08
09-09-2009, 03:01 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I have my chest thrust out and the bar doesn't really rest on the deltoids so much as it rests on the very upper part of my chest/breastbone.