“Stop pressing!” They say
You often hear that from some coaches. Well, sure, you could get in the habit of training your upper traps, front delts, and chest more than your back and that would be a problem. But the idea that an imbalance in strength or even physique between your front and back muscles means that you should “avoid pressure work” is ridiculous.
Often times, coaches say this to avoid the risk of injury. While pulling pattern training can definitely play a huge role in improving the strength and stability of presses, pushing is the only real way to get stronger while pressing.
There is a high chance your muscles are prone to injury and your press patterns and posture suck because you are just weak from lack of exposure. Look, the human body is just as fragile and prone to injury as it is strong, adaptable and resilient.
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Removing a necessary pattern of movement from the picture is different from saying that you are going to stop pressing the barbell bench. Rather than prohibiting a certain amount of pressure, find ways to carry the load overhead and horizontally without causing pain, while still exposing your joints to some resistance and load tolerance.
Here are three good examples:
Half-kneeling landmine press
Dumbbell floor press
Squat Cage Viking Press
Related: The Ultimate Guide to Land Mine Presses
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