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05 July 2004 @ 09:45 pm
Owie Whack-a-Mole - the endgame is nigh  
I feel a crapton better than I did last Wednesday. For the most part, pressing movements don't even feel weird. I was happily doing a bunch of empty-handed Olympic presses (sort of like military presses, but you keep your elbows in front of you) in the bathroom earlier today, practically jumping for joy because I wasn't weirdly tight anywhere. The neck and lower back stiffness that I'd accepted as a fact of life is almost gone. Gone, I tells ya. I found a couple of weird lumps in my calves and worked on them. And guess what - I just got up and did some squats, and they felt good. Tomorrow evening, I'll do some test exercises with a broomstick, and if all is in order, ye olde arse is going back to the weight room. Yippee!
 
 
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The Heavy Metal Matador: frylockrydain on July 5th, 2004 08:47 pm (UTC)
I can't overhead press more than I bench, but I like that form of pressing better. I have trouble doing bench presses powerlifter-style (arched back, shoulderblades tucked under) with really heavy weight because I tend to flatten out. I find it easier to keep good form with overhead presses, and I've also read that Olympic presses are great for protecting your shoulders (which makes sense to me because they're basically a vertical PL-style bench!) Not only that, I train alone, which makes benching for limit strength rather annoying because you have to worry about failing out. When you fail at an overhead press attempt, you just put the bar down. I like benching as an assistance exercise for overhead presses, though, because it's easier to keep your form with lighter weight, and avoiding going to failure is a piece of cake.