The Truth About Overhead Pressing
With all the overhead pressing articles being posted up on T-Nation as of late I figured I’d join in on the fun and I invited myself to the party.
Overhead pressing isn’t for everyone.
To be fair, I’m not adamantly against ALL overhead pressing. As a strength coach I’d be remiss not to recognize that overhead pressing is a staple with regards to well-balanced programming, not to mention it’s kind of important from a shoulder health and building delts the size of boulders standpoint.
That said, I truly feel most trainees need to earn the right to overhead press.
As sad as it is, most people have the movement quality of a pregnant turtle or the Tin Man on a good day. As such, walking up to a barbell and haphazardly hoisting it above our heads might not be the best decision.
In the article I link to below I discuss some simple screens to help people ascertain whether overhead pressing in the right fit for them, as well as dive into one of my go to “shoulder friendly” pressing variations. Give it a look and let me know what you think!