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Bent Press

Hi guys.
I’ve often read that you should avoid twisting or low back flexion while under vertical load. For example, squats should be performed with your back’s natural anterior/posterior curves in tact.

I’m wondering about lateral bending.

The bent press is like a one-armed military press in which you bend your torso laterally so that the pushing arm is in line with the hip on the same side
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Is such lateral bending while under vertical load a bad idea? If not, why? How is it different than anterior/posterior bending?

Thanks for your time.

jpb