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    When doing shoulder presses

    When standing/sitting, should you maintain a natural arch in your back?

    What about on those benches with the vertical back support (I don't know what they are called - The ones you sit upright on)? Should you press your back against the support, or maintain a natural arch?

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    [QUOTE=DokterVet]When standing/sitting, should you maintain a natural arch in your back? QUOTE]

    *** Yes, but don't worry. Your body takes care of this, granted you don't have extremely weak shoulders or spinal erectors. The natural arch allows for a natural distribution of the load throughout the muscles involved in the lift.

    What about on those benches with the vertical back support (I don't know what they are called - The ones you sit upright on)? Should you press your back against the support, or maintain a natural arch?[/
    *** This depends, pressing your upper back into the support allows for a greater load to be lifted, while using no support places more of a load on the deltoids.
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    Quick question-Do you guys set the bench to be entirely vertical? I usually set it at the highest incline possible that's not entirely vertical because it allows me to use a lot more weight and feels more natural

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    Quote Originally Posted by thetopdog
    Quick question-Do you guys set the bench to be entirely vertical? I usually set it at the highest incline possible that's not entirely vertical because it allows me to use a lot more weight and feels more natural
    Topdog I understand what you mean. I had shoulder problems in the past and it feels much more comfortable. It is taking work off of your shoulders and putting it a bit more on your chest and tri's but it should be alright. Heck a lot of people don't even think it is necessary to train shoulders.


    I just found a fantastic machine at my gym for shoulder pressing. Basically the grips are set up so my arms are facing in front my body, palms facing together and both my arms bent at 90 degree angles. It's so much more comfortable on my shoulders this way. With the way this machine is built I can push my back (lower and upper) into the back rest so that their is no arch. It feels much more comfortable and appears to have less room for cheating on the lift. Is the correct way to have an arch for sure?

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