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2 Board Press Height


#1

Hey guys, I'm gonna start using the 2 board press as an assistance exercise, but I'm too cheap to buy boards. Instead, I'm just using a thick book I put under my shirt. So I'm wondering what exactly is the height of a 2-board? Thanks in advance.


#2

About three inches. That's what I train at due to shoulder issues. I'd find done old 2 x 4 and glue together two 18" lengths.


#3

2 board is 4 inches. Typically they are made from 2x4s or 2x6s.


#4

A 2x4 is not actually 2 inches thick GruntOrama. It is in fact ~1.5 inches thick so a 2bd is 3 inches thick.


#5

Weird, I just looked this up. You guys are right. My mistake.


#6

Board press boards are as cheap as looking in your garage for some 2x6s. Don't be a lazy ass.

CS


#7

book in the shirt sounds like a decent idea, actually. For me, I can't be bothered to get someone to hold the board for me, and I don't know that I could balance it myself, and I just do pin presses instead.

As for the specific height, what you need to look at is the purpose of board presses. From what I understand there are two. One: to target sticking points. So you want to set it to the point where you are weakest, so you can target that part of the motion. Two: to smoke your triceps/lockout. This is typically gonna be higher (3-5 board)

The exact height isn't magical, imo.


#8

You don't need someone to hold the board. I use a miniband to hold the board to my chest.


#9

They plane the boards which takes off 0.25 inches each side.


#10

x2

It's so when you build a wall and put 1/4" thick drywall or plywood on each side, you've got a 4" thick wall. At least a 4x8' board of plywood is ACTUALLY 4x8'

And I just stick the boards under my shirt, if nobody's around to hold them


#11

Serously... and even if you dont have any, i got enough wood to make a 5 board for like $10


#12

Do what I do, use duct tape to hold the board, pretty simple.


#13

Ditto


#14

Or you can just stuff them under your shirt. Ive been doing this for awhile due to lack of training partner.


#15

Thanks everyone for your input!


#16

Another option that works well... YOGA blocks. They are 3" thick just like a 2 board and if you let the weight sink into the foam it's like a 'Manpon'. Walmart - $9. They come in all kinds of colors. Slide right up into your tee shirt. They come in CORK too if you prefer something with less give and "smoosh"