I’ve noticed that when many people overhead press, they grab the bar with too wide of a grip.
Instead of being just outside shoulder width – where they should be – they get their hands much wider than that …
And although the bar doesn’t have to travel as far with a wider grip, the problems with this are:
1 – It takes away from what we call our “pilliar of power” – starting at the feet, and going all the way through the legs, glutes, midsection and upper body
2 – It makes it impossible to tuck our elbows during the move and use the lats – which makes us weaker
So all you need to do is grab the bar right outside of shoulder width, tuck the elbows tight to the rib cage as you press, and keep your elbows right underneath the bar during the exercise.
Watch this video for a demo:
I hope this simple tip improves your overhead press!
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Thanks, train hard, and talk soon –
– Forest Vance, MS, RKC II, PCC