what's the CORRECT way to do overhead presses?

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  1. RG

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    i see some people lift the bar straight up starting with their elbows at their sides, some only come down to parallel, etc. today i came across a couple of videos and a blog post (not ceazes) and they basically start with the elbows forward and once you bring the bar past your forehead you lean your torso forward.

    here's the blog post with detailed technique:

    http://stronglifts.com/how-to-overhead-press-with-correct-technique/

    and here's the videos i found of them doing it:

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    first dude looks about right..
     
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    in for an answer as well

    first guy looks like it would mess up your shoulders
     
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    me and jmezz tried the first way today. numbers dropped a bit on the weight but i definitely felt it a lot more compared to how i was doing it before.
     
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    you push your traps up to your ears to protect your shoulders.
     
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    first of all, i do it off a rack so i don't have to clean it or anything.
    second i can't help since i push like 135 for reps :hs:
     
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    the last two videos sound like a botched highschool project for exercise science class or some shit
     
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    chris had a video that was pretty good form

    just do what feels natural to you.

    IMO locking out is wasted energy, going down below parallel is just making it harder and increases chance for injury. Mine typically falls around my nose and mouth and this keeps a strong, tense form through the whole motion
     
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    I always start from clavicle area and go up as close to lockout as I can. I don't lockout though and always keep elbows pushed forward.
     
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    Overhead press is just the second movement to the olympic press. A push press without the leg movement.
     
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    I don't do it like that, never really considered form on overhead press
     
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    for me bros it depends on the weight. in my vid of 275x3, thats heavy for me.. when its that heavy, i cant hold it with my lats, so i just let it rest on my clavicle. also, when its heavy and low rep like that, i also lockout each rep because its a bit easier and lets me know im not cheating.

    if im using say 225, for reps of 12 or so, i dont lock each rep out and i bring it down to just below my chin. with that kind of weight i can control it much better

    i dont feel locking it out is 100% necessary just depends on your goals. my goal is max amount of muscle tension so i dont fully lock out... flipside to that is if you don't lock stuff out on even shoulder presses then your lockout for benching etc will get weaker over time. your body gets used to not locking stuff out and itll be harder to fire your tri's to finish a bench.
     
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    first vid looks like an olympic style press, elbows forward for the catch, pressing behind the head to simulate the jerk press....


    I press biceps to ears, not quite behind my head, but allowing the shoulders to do more work than the chest
     
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    anything?
     
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    nudespress.vid
     
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    kettlebells are a good tool but if they are all you use, then you're :greddy:
     
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    most kettlebell prgrams are bare bones...a few bells, pull-up bar, maybe a bench press...

    I don't really use them for my workouts, doesn't match my goals, but I've trained a lot of clients with them...
     
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    I lean back somewhat when I OH
     
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    good lookin out son
     
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