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Hammer Strength Shoulder Press

For years I have been lifting the seat on the HS shoulder press for my work set(s). Recently, I started adding a finishing set. Instead of dropping the weight, I drop the seat all the way down to where the handles are lined up to just short of the top of my head. I got the idea from CT recommending pressing from pins at eye level or higher with max acceleration.

Since I started doing this, my regular (full range) set has increased in strength for five workouts in a row. There does seem to be some special motor unit recruitment to doing top-half presses with pauses and max acceleration.

Thanks CT…I know you don’t recommend HS, but your techniques work well.

[quote]MytchBucanan wrote:
For years I have been lifting the seat on the HS shoulder press for my work set(s). Recently, I started adding a finishing set. Instead of dropping the weight, I drop the seat all the way down to where the handles are lined up to just short of the top of my head. I got the idea from CT recommending pressing from pins at eye level or higher with max acceleration.

Since I started doing this, my regular (full range) set has increased in strength for five workouts in a row. There does seem to be some special motor unit recruitment to doing top-half presses with pauses and max acceleration.

Thanks CT…I know you don’t recommend HS, but your techniques work well.[/quote]

When did I say that I dont recommend HS machines? I actually use them from time to time. While I prefer the barbell lifts, I sometimes use HS machines and even the Smith machine for upper body pressing.

[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:

[quote]MytchBucanan wrote:
For years I have been lifting the seat on the HS shoulder press for my work set(s). Recently, I started adding a finishing set. Instead of dropping the weight, I drop the seat all the way down to where the handles are lined up to just short of the top of my head. I got the idea from CT recommending pressing from pins at eye level or higher with max acceleration.

Since I started doing this, my regular (full range) set has increased in strength for five workouts in a row. There does seem to be some special motor unit recruitment to doing top-half presses with pauses and max acceleration.

Thanks CT…I know you don’t recommend HS, but your techniques work well.[/quote]

When did I say that I dont recommend HS machines? I actually use them from time to time. While I prefer the barbell lifts, I sometimes use HS machines and even the Smith machine for upper body pressing.[/quote]

I should have rephrased that by saying I don’t remember you recommending HS. My bad… I also feel the delts more on the HS press than barbell pressing.