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    Shoulder Press vs. Military Press

    Well I guess you learn something new every day. According to exrx.net, Shoulder Press and Military Press are different. I know what you're thinking, "Duh Tim"! I just always thought that Military Presses were done while sitting, and Shoulder Presses were kind of a generic term for them. I could swear I hear people say "Standing Military Press". Oh well, doesn't matter. So when you guys/girls say you're doing Military Press, are you actually doing them while standing? Or are you in the same boat with me?
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    You can do military presses sitting or standing. Military press is done with a barbell and shoulder press is done with dumbells.

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    i seem to get a slight pain in my lower back if i do them seated, so i prefer standing military press. i have an easier time unracking the bar in a power or squat rack while standing than i do with a seated military press rack (or whatever they're called).
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    Millie press means standing feet together. Well at least back in the day, now people use it for both sitting and standing. So when someone does it correct with standing form they will most likely put standing as it is much harder than sitting..
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    A military press usually refers to standing barbell pressing. A strict military press refers to feet together. A shoulder press is a generic term for overhead pressing without assist, but usually refers to a seated overhead press, whether dumbbells or barbell. ExRx's examples are the common conception.

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    So it sounds like I wasn't too off base with my thinking. I've tried standing military press, but my lower back wasn't too accepting. Too many injuries in the past I'm guessing, because the weight was light.
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    Stand there for a few minutes, then pace back and forth a lot, huff and puff, wait until everybody's looking. Approach the bar. Back off. Approach it again. Back off. Get some water. Chalk up. Approach the bar again. Then spray some more chalk around. Wait until people start losing interest. When nobody's looking, pick it a little off the floor, and slam it down. Jump up and yell "LIGHT WEIGHT BABY". Then give high fives all around. - Belial

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Nissen
    So it sounds like I wasn't too off base with my thinking. I've tried standing military press, but my lower back wasn't too accepting. Too many injuries in the past I'm guessing, because the weight was light.
    Also, DB shoulder pressing is MUCH friendlier on your back, opposed to BB shoulder pressing, because you do not have to keep moving your head out of the way of the bar every rep.
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