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Grip Width on Push Press?

From a muscle activation point of view, whats the difference between a narrow and a wide grip?

Varies, of course, with body type & technique, but overhead pressing generally:

narrower grip = more triceps and anterior delts

wider grip = more upper traps, supraspinatus and the rest of the yoke gang as well as a bigger part of your deltoid muscles will be recruited.

yep it will vary.

But for the sake of good movement and being able to hold the most weight, when ur locked make sure ur arms are behind ur hears. The issues come in with flexibility the narrower the harder it is to be in that position.

Check this out… I forgot who posted this vid in another thread with a similar question:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnWgjfQBk-4&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sebbhlKhs2E

(same story with a snatch grip, read the description)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dehwang/150743578/

Thanks for the reply, i’ll be doing med-wide grip.

[quote]NeoSpartan wrote:
yep it will vary.

But for the sake of good movement and being able to hold the most weight, when ur locked make sure ur arms are behind ur hears. The issues come in with flexibility the narrower the harder it is to be in that position.

Check this out… I forgot who posted this vid in another thread with a similar question:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnWgjfQBk-4&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sebbhlKhs2E

(same story with a snatch grip, read the description)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dehwang/150743578/[/quote]

I think it was me, I also posted this one, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBGIQ7ZuuiU