Do exercises standing up when possible. Sitting down puts more pressure on your vertebral discs and increases likelihood of injury.
Pretty sure the spine is built to be strong in compression. It’s when things get out of their proper alignment that you start to see problems.
If doing things standing led to lesser degrees of spinal compression…then why do you see Olympic Weightlifter doing specific exercises to decompress the spine?
Standing presses are better than seated, since they involve more stabilizing muscles and contribute to core strength and stability. They also offer less spinal compression, making them a better choice for those with a history of lower-back pain.
That is out of one of last weeks articles. Why you would want to increase spinal compression I have no idea, With regards to olympic weight lifters decompressing the spine on purpose I haven’t got a clue nor have heard of that before.
Where did I saw that you wanted to compress your spine? I simply stated that a healthy spine is meant to withstand compressive loads. See, you change your side of the fence here between posts. In your first post, you say that seated presses increase chance of injury and then in the second you say that seated presses are bad for people with pre-existing conditions.
Me, personally, I don’t shoulder press for my “core”…I shoulder press for my shoulders. For me, a seated press is going to be stronger because it removes the aspect of having to balance and control the weight from a higher center of gravity.
This allows more weight to be used and also places a greater amount of mechanical stress specifically on the deltoids. Another thing to consider is that standing presses are much more likely to be “cheated” with the use of leg and hip drive, further decreasing their effectiveness as a shoulder exercise (we are talking in terms of body parts here, as this is the bodybuilding forum).
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My mistake, I read your post as compress and not decompress. And you got me it was a half ass response…
I am still a bit confused however, you said:
“If doing things standing led to lesser degrees of spinal compression…then why do you see Olympic Weightlifter doing specific exercises to decompress the spine?”
Wouldn’t this become important for anyone doing heavy lifting not only olympic lifters, and be even more imporant to those that do seated presses vs. standing?