OK, today I splashed out on a simple bar and some plates. When doing the shoulder press though, my face gets in the way of the bar, so I have to lean my head back slightly. Is there a more form-correct way of doings this?
So far I've done the following exercises with the bar:
upright row, 7 x 88lbs
shoulder press, 5 x 66lbs
bicep curl, 1 x 88lbs
I'm currently trying to lose weight, and so won't be gaining much muscle, so should I focus on more low-rep work, or a high-rep body-building type routine? Which methods would bring the best results?
The best way to lose weight is cardio and diet. If you want to incorporate weight lifting into your weight loss program, I would recommend a rep range between 8 and 12 reps with no more than 90 seconds between sets with 60 seconds being optimum.
When I perform shoulder press, I have to move my head back to the rear slightly.
What am I on?
My back for the bench press.
My feet for the squat.
What are you on?
Well, I want to preserve as much muscle as possible, so I have to do the weight lifting. Are you sure about the high reps? With my dumbells I found I got faster progress with lower reps, I got my one-armed row from 55lbs to 103lbs doing 3-5 reps in the same time that other lifts at 8-10 didn't improve at all.
I'm glad to hear you got some weights. Yes, you should keep your back as straight as possible and tilt your head back for the presses. I usually look up at the ceiling. Also, make sure your feet are slightly wider than shoulder-width. Get a nice base so you can focus on your shoulders.
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I do standing military presses and I was wondering...when I stand, I plant my left foot, then the right slightly back so I am more stable. Would I have to switch feet position to build the muscles "evenly" or does it have a negligible difference?