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    Military press vs. shoulder press

    I'm comparing military press to shoulder press in www.exrx.net. They both have you grip slightly wider than the shoulder, so they're the same in that regards.

    Military says to position bar at neck, while shoulder press positions at chest.

    Is that going to make a huge difference in the muscles used?

    The military also utilizes some of the pecs, while the shoulder press doesn't.

    What is the difference in how these movements feel? Both movements look the same in the pics, except one is sitting and the millies are standing.
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    military press can be sitting or standing. don't put so much thought into it lol. in front of the face works the front delts, behind the neck works the side and rear delts.

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    Military presses should be done standing in an "attention" stance. This engages your core muscles to support your body. It's the advantage that Millies give over seated shoulder presses with dumbbells.
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    also watch for your rotator cuff, ive no experience with problems but many people do
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    Standing is a much more functional movement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenMonkey View Post
    also watch for your rotator cuff, ive no experience with problems but many people do
    Especially behind the neck. I always do them standing and in front.

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    i was under the impression military was behind the neck
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    nope, theyre in front, behind the neck press is a different exercise that works the 'shoulder girdle' differently

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    Quote Originally Posted by zztoproadster View Post
    military press can be sitting or standing. don't put so much thought into it lol. in front of the face works the front delts, behind the neck works the side and rear delts.
    Not trying to overanalyze - just curious.

    I've had rotater cuff probs behind the neck.

    for what its worth, I'm doing standing millies off a rack, like WBB routine #1 states.
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    i meant behind neck is hard on the ol cuffs
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    Quote Originally Posted by zztoproadster View Post
    military press can be sitting or standing. don't put so much thought into it lol. in front of the face works the front delts, behind the neck works the side and rear delts.

    No. BTN actually just places a greater strain on the RC's
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    I have to sit to do them, I can't stand anymore because of low ceilings. I'm doing more than I used to weigh so they're kind of fun now.
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    I used to lift at a place where that was the case, lol. I always was afraid of denting my ceiling.
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    standing oh press is hell on my core.
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    i say do whatever feels more natural/comfortable to you. if both doesnt work out well, DB presses work the delts just as great.

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    1 arm dumbbell presses standing are the way to go!
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