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How-To: Proper Overhead Press Technique
Posted By Mark Sisson On August 13, 2010 @ 9:53 am In Fitness,How To,Lift Heavy Things,Videos | 43 Comments
Simulating the overhead press using just one’s bodyweight is the trickiest essential Primal movement yet. The standard bodyweight replacement for the standing overhead press is the handstand pushup. I’m a huge fan, but the reality is that it’s not a realistic prescription for most people right off the bat. Can you imagine Grandpa busting out a set of ten handstand pushups? Not very likely (yet). It’s a tough, tough movement (which is why it works so well and why it’s level 8 in the PBF progression), but luckily you can target the same muscles with a much more elementary movement: the shoulder press pushup.
It is simple fact that pressing heavy things overhead is a fundamental movement that builds strength and improves our ability to function in the real world. Variations of the shoulder press pushup gives everyone, of all strength and fitness levels, the ability to train that plane of movement without the need for equipment. It sounds easy, and the first couple reps might be, but you’d be surprised at how complete a workout the shoulder press pushup can put your upper body through. Here’s how to do it:
Grandpa may not be pressing his own bodyweight upside down against the wall just yet, but if he can nail the shoulder press pushup, he may get there after all.
Watch this video on proper form and technique for the first 4 of 9 total overhead press movements in the PBF Lift Heavy Things bodyweight progression.
Find out where you should begin in the overhead press progression by taking the self-assessment test found in Primal Blueprint Fitness  and then get started today!
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