I feel that my limiting factor with higher reps sets in standing ohp is “core stability”, which os ok as long as i can brace correctly (Valsalva maneuvre).
That is to Say that breathing/bracing is the limiting factor. Brian Alshrue reccomends that you brace at the beginning of the set >> do as many reps as possibile holding that breath (whatever the Number Is)>> pause at the top >> breathe/brace >> do as many reps as possibile holding that breath… And so on.
Do you like this method or do you believe that you should breathe differently (like every rep/at the top/at the bottom etc.)?
There’s not nearly enough research & studies for it, all I can provide are these links along with the personal anecdotes of hundreds of men I talk to per month about exercise and varicoceles and what triggers them.
Functionally, if you already have a varicocele, which comprises 15-20% of all human males on the planet, training with a Valsalva is likely to worsen your symptoms and for those that don’t yet have a full-blown varicocele but rather a subclinical one or, have a predisposition to the dozens of known factors for a Varicocele, a Valsalva is the last thing you want to do. It’s theorized by some that heavy, overhead pressing w/Valsalva on a regular basis could be one of those factors, along with aging and normal wear&tear on the veins, which is further exacerbated by a typical bodybuilding lifestyle.