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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    diferrence between shoulder exercises

    I give up. What's the difference between shoulder press, neck press and military press? Does it matter? Which is best?

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    u can find the differences here:
    http://www.exrx.net/Lists/ExList/ShouldWt.html

    military press:


    shoulder press:


    neck press:


    military requires balance, and might put unnecessary stress on ur back.
    anything behind the neck tends to force ur neck forward and some say might be harmful to ur spine (and cause injury)

    shoulder press is well recommended, with db or a bar.
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    not contradicitng geoffgarcia here, but at my school alot of people do what they call the military press with about a 3 inch towel on their chests and only bring it down to that, it's a bench press but with a towel. i've never heard of military press refered to as it is in geoff's 1st picture. hmmmmm
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    I recently went to see a back specialist and he told me that if i had to do a shoulder press, that I should do it standing up(military press) since he said that places less stress on the back, cuz the legs offer some measure of support..so I've been doing that instead of the seated ones..is what the doc said true or are the seated ones better for the back?

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    I've read that behind the neck presses put unnecessary stress on the shoulders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superior_will
    not contradicitng geoffgarcia here, but at my school alot of people do what they call the military press with about a 3 inch towel on their chests and only bring it down to that, it's a bench press but with a towel. i've never heard of military press refered to as it is in geoff's 1st picture. hmmmmm
    The picture geoff posted is correct. What the people at your school do is just a partial range of motion bench press, the only purpose of which would be to get past a sticking point or inflate one's ego.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bc2004
    I recently went to see a back specialist and he told me that if i had to do a shoulder press, that I should do it standing up(military press) since he said that places less stress on the back, cuz the legs offer some measure of support..so I've been doing that instead of the seated ones..is what the doc said true or are the seated ones better for the back?
    I would have thought the seated ones would put less pressure on the back, and from experience that's what it seems to be for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartan936
    I've read that behind the neck presses put unnecessary stress on the shoulders.
    That's true, depends on how good your shoulders/rotator cuffs are though. Many people can do them without any problem, and others cringe just at the sight of the movement.

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    So the only difference between shoulder press and military press is that you are standing for the military press. I'm sure I've heard people talking of doing seated militaries, are they just doing a shoulder press like in the video?

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