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    Overhead Press = Difficult !

    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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    Yeah OHP is tough... I agree .

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

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote 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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