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    Oh and weirdly I looove the overhead press! I think it's cause I'm relatively good at whereas I suck at squats. I'd love to do them more often and I think I'd improve more if I did. (Women tend to be the other way around and are better at legs than arms). I'm not super great at them but I out lifted the other women which always makes me feel better after squat day!!

    Oh and there was one guy at CF doing them and I think his highest was 35kg (77 lbs) and he's not particularly small, just untrained.

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    This has always been my weakest SS lift as well- always thought my shoulders were just shit. Two personal things that have helped me have been: 1. Wearing a belt for work sets. 2. Coaching cue: Drive the heels down through the floor. I try to imagine myself digging with my heels INTO the floor on each rep.
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    Update: I've just been keeping at it, little by little. I guess I am getting stronger. Maybe eating more is helping, and resting longer between sets. I surprised myself by doing 105lbs x5x3 today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidFatHobbit View Post
    Update: I've just been keeping at it, little by little. I guess I am getting stronger. Maybe eating more is helping, and resting longer between sets. I surprised myself by doing 105lbs x5x3 today.
    Nice work, congrats. Adding 5lbs next session??????

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    Oh man, you guys think normal OHP is tough...I'm not looking forward to incorporating these ones in starting next week:

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidFatHobbit View Post
    Update: I've just been keeping at it, little by little. I guess I am getting stronger. Maybe eating more is helping, and resting longer between sets. I surprised myself by doing 105lbs x5x3 today.
    Not bad, keep at it!
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    Thanks

    Yes I'll add 5 at the next but maybe not complete... Sometimes it takes me two sessions to go up 5 lbs. Same with bench press.

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    Yeah I'm kind of a bit stuck on bench, need to eat more, but aiming at fat loss at present, can't have it all !

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    I started stronglifts using just the 45# bar, having a calculated 5-rep max of about 90#. I built up to 90# pretty easily in 5# increments, but hit a wall at every 5# increment after that. Failed 3 times at 95#, reset weight, built up to 100#, failed 3 times, reset weight, etc. My best lift on these so far was 125, but form was definitely suffering at that point. I'm still not 100% clear on form; it seems like there are 2 conflicting thoughts - either you lock your knees, or a knee drive is ok. At 125# I'm definitely knee-driving (probably at lower weights as well), whereas at 90-110 or so I can do it locked.

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    For most people, 5# increments are too much for the press. I have some washers from McMaster-Carr that allow me to go up in increments as small as 1.25# (the washers are ~0.625# each). They're not expensive and they fit perfectly on a 2" bar sleeve. As do baseball bat practice weights, which come in 1# and 1.25# versions (for 2# and 2.5# increments, respectively).

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