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08-18-2012, 08:03 AM
Push, Press, íní Grow

Not doing the push-press in your strongman workout? It may be the single biggest exercise missing from your training.

By Jimmy PeŮa, MS, CSCS; Photography: ****** Reiff; Model: Dan Hill, IFBB Pro

If you train like a strongman, you spend well-deserved time on the bench press, powerfully exploding the bar up and over the chest. And for legs, you dig a hole in the power rack each week without fail, period. Many of you are faithful to the down-and-dirty deadlift week in and week out; but, when it comes to driving weight overhead, it isnít as high a priority on your list. In fact, overhead work in general is hit or miss at best. Thatís why this month weíre tackling an uncommon move with even more uncommon results, the push-press. Once tested and mastered, the powerful push-press will find its way into your weekly gym bag with more frequency, guaranteed.


Itís no understatement to say that the push-press is one of the most beneficial, whole-body exercises ever performed. Itís ideal for the athlete whose primary goals are power and strength, and when you look at the elements of the push-press itís easy to see why. Much like you would during the deadlift, for example, itís important to see the push-press as multiple moving parts that need to be synchronized for optimal effectiveness.

If thereís ever a time to make sure your form is correct, that youíre using the right weight and in the correct order in your routine, itís now. Remember, youíre hoisting weight overhead, which means your entire body needs to be in sync, but that also makes it more vulnerable. For that reason, you get ridiculously strong when you practice the push-press, and itíll soon become part of your everyday routine.
Hereís a quick checklist of reasons why the push-press is such an all-encompassing move, head to toe:

1 Barbell

We start with the most obvious of reasons: Itís barbell driven. Sure, you can use dumbbells for this move, but the barbell will allow you to press more weight than with dumbbells and it gets you accustomed to the bar in your hands (since your other big moves ask the same of you).

2 Stance

Next, youíre standing. As opposed to the bodybuilder sitting on a low-back bench at the dumbbell rack, the push-press has you in the strongest position possible, on your feet. Ever seen an Olympic lift from a 90-degree bench? Neither have we. Much like the deadlift and squat, learning to press through the floor with your feet is a must.

3 Legs

As youíll see, the slight bend in the ankles, knees and hips is a short range of motion, but those few inches make or break the exercise. You have to have power in your calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes from start to finish.

4 Lower back, abs, core

The fact that it engages the core may not sound sexy to some, but itís a critical element. You may have strong legs and an upper body, but if your core is weak, itíll be exposed in no time and you wonít last the set.

5 Shoulders, triceps, upper chest

Finally, to the muscles receiving primary work. The delts and triceps take a beating during this move. Your grip on the bar is just outside shoulder width, drawing equal power from both muscle groups.

6 Fast-twitch fibers

The push-press is an exercise performed in an explosive manner, and because it targets the legs, chest, arms, shoulders and lower back, itíll ultimately help transfer greater strength and stability in almost any exercise you perform. Itís not merely a standing overhead press. No, you want to do the positive portion of the rep as fast as possible with good form. You want to explode the bar up, because thatíll trigger the fast-twitch muscle fibers, developing power and explosive strength.


Get in Position

Grasp a barbell thatís racked high in a squat rack or power rack with an overhand (pronated) grip wider than shoulder-width apart.
Wrap your thumbs around the bar.
Position your upper chest under the bar, keeping your abs and lower back tight.
Press up with your legs to stand up with the bar.
Your head will be tilted back slightly.
Place your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and flat on the floor.


With your abs tight, bend your knees slightly to lower your body.

big and swole
08-18-2012, 08:19 AM
Good read brother but where's the rest?

08-18-2012, 11:46 AM
That's the whole article. I guess they can add...be sure to explode from the bottom and at the same time lift the barbell over you head. Lower the bar and repeat exercise...or something like that. CK Pm with article link. To be sure that I don't broke any rule, spam or else, don't going to post it.

Good read brother but where's the rest?

Deja Vu
08-19-2012, 05:06 AM
Follows the general idea that full body stress helps you grow. So people swear to the fact they grow better after adding squats and deadlift.

08-19-2012, 05:53 AM
I think is true!!! DL is a complete exercise. But will break you if done incorrect. The body (whole) go thru a series of stress and create AWESOME results! To tell you more...I dl once every two weeks, Squat once a week. And yes...I squat and DL more than 500 lbs ass to hills (raw). I do focus in assistance exercises.

Follows the general idea that full body stress helps you grow. So people swear to the fact they grow better after adding squats and deadlift.

08-19-2012, 09:27 PM
Follows the general idea that full body stress helps you grow. So people swear to the fact they grow better after adding squats and deadlift.

Absolutely true IMO, squats/leg training days are the one I find myself more focused and almost In tune with my body because the whole body is being called upon. Squats are also the only lift I can think of that will sstill to this day turn my stomach and leave me feeling queeze. Love/hate relation there.

08-19-2012, 09:28 PM
Another great training post Darkside !!
thank you sir.

08-20-2012, 03:32 PM
Good read

08-24-2012, 07:14 AM
Good Read