- Behind the neck presses are awesome. I have not had shoulder issues in a year straight, and with all the overhead stuff I do, that is a nice feeling. But I attribute that some to the BTN Snatch Presses. My medial deltoids have taken on an entirely different shape, as have my post deltoids. This is a press that from my (albeit limited) experience has very few drawbacks that other presses can have (if done safely and assuming you are starting with the bar).
I love my standard military presses too, but the BTN Snatch version is best all around press for me in terms of: keeping my shoulders healthy and good mobility, overall shoulder/deltoid shape/figure (some lightings make my shoulders look like rugged shaped stones, as opposed to a pumpkin or cannonball).
I read an article a while ago, and if I remember correctly the writer of the article had suggested that BTN Snatch Presses could be an explanation for Klokov's upper chest development.
Also during a wrestling match a few months ago I took some blunt force to my right AC joint. At first I was just icing it (had to drive 10 hours to the next venue so plenty of time to ice). Wasn't until the adrenaline had wore off from the weekend and I had gotten back home until I could really "read" the injury or perform any evaluation.
Lucky for me it wasn't anything serious (in my entire training career I have spent countless hours prehabing and rehabbing and mobility this and shoulder health that). The joint was bruised, trap was a little sore and my anterior deltoid didn't take well to too much pressure.
Within a matter of about 7-8 days I was able to muscle/power snatch again, another few days I could deadlift and squat, and about 14 days post injury I was right where I left off - in fact the little break had allowed me some recovery time. But how did my shoulder feel so good so fast?
Two exercises, both done with an empty bar. First, snatch-grip front raises, from hip to overhead lockout. After 10 of those I would perform (with the same empty bar) 10 snatch presses. (3-4 sets, would sometimes even try for 20 reps per exercise)
I have done a shit load of rehab for like 10 years straight (pretty severe ADD as a young trainee) and nothing has had the positive effect on my shoulders like BTN Snatch Presses. I do them in some capacity two times per week. Once as an accessory exercise out of the rack, and another time as part of a snatch complex.