[quote]Dre Cappa wrote:
I added the close grip military presses to my RE day yesterday. They felt good and after moving my grip in closer, I hit a new PR on them. The closer grip is easier on my beat-up shoulders. I will be keeping these in my arsenal. I did them all the way to my chest though. You recommend shortening the ROM?
As far as the inclines, I just came off a 3 week cycle of them as my ME bench movement. I hit a PR each week and they felt good. My grip was pinkies-on-rings, do you suggest a closer grip?
3 I’d recommend. Remember that the main goal is to heave the weight up so that you can flair your triceps out and finish it off.
Probably the simplest is closegrip steep (45-60 degree) incline presses. 5 rep max.
Bench press with a pair of mini bands attached to the ground closer to your feet than normally. This is probably best with a close or medium grip. Again, the purpose is to get the shoulders under the bar long enough to get the triceps under it. Probably 3-5 rep max.
Standing press with a closegrip but only until the bar reaches about the top of the head. Try to tilt the scapula under below the bar. I like this for 5 x 5 quick reps. Bands are good here too.
Actually, with the closegrip “military” press, I recommend lifting the first half of the movement only-from chest to about the top of the head.
And for these, as well as inclines, I recommend a very close grip-hands, elbows and shoulders all in line, or hands even a little closer, and stay tight and tucked.