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10-25-2005, 07:47 PM
When Oly lifters refer to the "Press," are they referring to a strict military press or a push press (using leg drive to accelerate the bar)? I mean, apparently some of them do singles of the "Press" somewhere in the 400-lb. range. So, I'm thinking it's probably a Push Press but I want confirmation.

Canadian Crippler
10-25-2005, 07:52 PM
I'd imagine it's anything legal that gets the bar overhead.

10-25-2005, 08:12 PM
They are referring to an overhead press without a jerk. It's not specific how much backward lean or leg drive they are using, but it is not a military press.

10-25-2005, 08:13 PM
An earlier olympic lift was the clean and press, which was a clean and strict overhead military press. The style regressed into an extreme leaning back and almost a bench press (the "Russian style") and it was replaced with the clean and jerk. Alexyev pressed over 500lbs in this fasion.


In what context was "press" used?

10-25-2005, 09:32 PM
There really was no context, but here is where I saw it.

The three heavy weights on the “One lift a day:”
Joe Dube-Olympic Team Member-Heavyweight Class
Olympic Tryouts-462 Press, 336 Snatch, 468 Clean and Jerk, 1267 Total

Press: 135 for 5, 135 for 5, 225 for 3, 295 for 2, 355 for 2, 405 for 2, 425 for 2

So my original assumption appears to be correct. Something like a Push Press.

10-26-2005, 09:54 AM
Well, that's kind of what it turned into (according to accounts). An extremely fast push press. But that's a perversion of what it was supposed to be. Originally the oly press was done in the strict manner. I think they dropped the Press from comps in 76? Check out those links going around... there's tons of good info.