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    Reps & Sets with Overhead Press

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    Has anyone come upon this?
    Increasing weight each workout but unable to complete 5 reps.
    Instead of 5X5 its 5X4, 5X3, 5X2 or 5X5, 5X4, 5x3.
    This is only happening to me in overhead press.

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    How much are you increasing the weight by? 5 lbs is often too much of an increase in overhead press. Get some 2" ID industrial washers and progress by 2.5 or even 1.25 lbs per session.

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    Yes, actually I was. Thanks for that, and now you mentioned it I remember reading it :-)

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    Hit the overhead press from all angles. Behind the neck, push press, incline press, snatch grip, dumbell press, handstand press. Also work on tricep strength with dips, close grip bench, etc. do some heavy singles and doubles to get used to heavier weight

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    Quote Originally Posted by umm7 View Post
    Has anyone come upon this?
    Increasing weight each workout but unable to complete 5 reps.
    Instead of 5X5 its 5X4, 5X3, 5X2 or 5X5, 5X4, 5x3.
    This is only happening to me in overhead press.
    It's a very common problem! Instead of putting more weight on the bar - you can play with partial reps for a while. So when failing on 4 or 3 full ROM presses - get the bar up to lock-out by doing push-press and lower it to your ears for partials. You can also lower the bar to your shoulders or chest and do push-presses from there, trying to get the bar to the top of your head but without locking out on top...

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    I would stay away from behind the neck presses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Watson View Post
    I would stay away from behind the neck presses!

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    Dont be that guy.

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    http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/d...ses-13300.html

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    Perhaps I should have said, "be very careful", instead of "stay away."

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    Quote Originally Posted by umm7 View Post
    Has anyone come upon this?
    Increasing weight each workout but unable to complete 5 reps.
    Instead of 5X5 its 5X4, 5X3, 5X2 or 5X5, 5X4, 5x3.
    This is only happening to me in overhead press.
    I did Stronglifts 5x5 for 12 weeks

    Squats, Bench Press, Deadlift, Row and Overhead Press.

    The ONLY one I could not consistently move up on was the Overhead Press, I stalled out at 120lbs.
    I tried different grips, speeds, and breathing, just could not get there. I deloaded down to 100 and went up again, to 120.

    The discussion on the Stronglifts board was that it is pretty common to stall on that lift, and a really good milestone is 135lbs.

    So, yes, it is common to not be able to hit all 5 reps for 5 sets

    As said before, you can get micro plates, to add 1 or 1.5lbs to each side. I am also doing Dips to build strength.

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