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    Yesterday I was doing presses (SS style, standing up). and I was kind of taken aback by how hard they get...with just a small increase in bar weight. Empty bar, then warmup sets seem very comfortable, but then once doing work sets it is quite a challenge. I had to go down 5 lbs just to finish 3 sets of five because my form, coordination was falling apart in the second set. Should I increment these by 2.5 lbs instead of 5 lbs each workout? This was with a whopping 90lb load. (Oh yeah I'm that huge...) I guess I am pretty weak up there.

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    You should probably start lighter. Then do 5 lbs jumps for a short time, then switch to 2.5's or ever 1.25's to avoid stalling.
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    • #3
      Yeah OHP is tough... I agree .

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      • #4
        Eventually, you may have to go up by .5 pounds at a time. You can find those little discs in 1 pound down to 1/4 pound increments. They help.

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        • #5
          Make sure you engage your core while doing those presses. "Belly tight"--something I'm always being told.

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          • #6
            Women typically seem to progress very slowly at these, also, so don't get discouraged if that's you. And yes, they are tough. Just keep at it.

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            • #7
              Are you kidding? 90 lbs would be my wet dream. I have been lifting for 4 years, and the best I could do was to press 68 lbs 5x5. On a good day. I think I did 70 lbs once. Never again after that. Push-presses only added a touch more (never managed 85 lbs) . When I just started, I had to use pre-loaded 30 lbs bar, i could not use the empty bar. Still building up to 3x12 on the empty bar (managed 40 # last time, yay!)

              So, you rock!

              I use ankle weights and add 1 lbs increment.
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              • #8
                I think my 1 rep max is only 70. Plus it's a weird one in that I can pretty easily get my 1 rep max, but then add 5 lbs and I just can't move that weight at all. I think they are just flat out hard! I do have an easier time if I really think about keeping my core strong and I just rest the bar in my hands- no grip.

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                • #9
                  Thx LOL maybe I need some testosterone supplements…being a dude. But there is no denying that my lower body has always been much more muscular than my upper body, for whatever reason. I think these are all good tips though. I will try looking for those small plates and go back down to 85, making sure I do it cleanly.

                  Would adding sit-ups into my workouts help build core strength for the press? There's nothing in SS about sit-ups. My gym has a decline sit-up bench (I think that's what it is called). This may be better for a separate thread, but I have been wondering if there are other things I could/should be doing in the gym besides SS? After all I am paying all that money but only using a few of the toys they have.

                  I'll probably spring for some of those Rogue shoes, too.

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                  • #10
                    85 and 90 ain't bad at all for a dude. Everybody has got to start somewhere. As to the "anything else" question.... more isn't always better.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by StupidFatHobbit View Post
                      Thx LOL maybe I need some testosterone supplements…being a dude. But there is no denying that my lower body has always been much more muscular than my upper body, for whatever reason. I think these are all good tips though. I will try looking for those small plates and go back down to 85, making sure I do it cleanly.

                      Would adding sit-ups into my workouts help build core strength for the press? There's nothing in SS about sit-ups. My gym has a decline sit-up bench (I think that's what it is called). This may be better for a separate thread, but I have been wondering if there are other things I could/should be doing in the gym besides SS? After all I am paying all that money but only using a few of the toys they have.

                      I'll probably spring for some of those Rogue shoes, too.
                      My opinion on the sit-ups: no. They were left out of Starting Strength for a reason.
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                      • #12
                        The OHP is nature's way to prevent our heads from swelling

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                        • #13
                          Are you eating enough? Hobbits require a lot of food to get strong . Make sure that you're eating lots of protein and enough carbs to fuel your lifting sessions.
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                          • #14
                            They guy I lift with presses around 90 too. After every set, he looks at me and goes "Man, that is HEAVY," to which I respond "It's supposed to be heavy. That's why they make the plates out of iron."

                            Remember that it's harder to get unstuck than never get stuck in the first place. Eat, lift more next time, focus on recovery, repeat. YOU GOT THIS, BRO!!!
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                            • #15
                              I just did my first sets ever of these today, and holy god they're hard. I couldn't do the Olympic bar for more than three (hello 3rm!) I had to move down to a 30lb bar.

                              It might have been a bit light at that point, but at least I can work up now.

                              So hey, at least you have serious weights on your bar. I'm impressed!

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