Hi CT, just finished my 8th week of complete power look. Yesterday I found myself having trouble on the first rep of my push press sets. On two sets I missed rep one, rested the bar for a moment and completed the sets. This took it’s toll as I could only manage one rep my next 2 attempts at a double.
Do you have any cues/tips for the push press when the weight gets close to your max? I feel like I have the strength, but just couldn’t put it all together. Or maybe it is a tricep/shoulder strength issue?
Worth mentioning that the weight I was using for 2 reps was equal to my previous all-time heaviest single. Can’t wait to see the end results. [/quote]
I follow variations of CT’s layer system and still making gains. When I stalled on the push press, a few things that helped me:
- Added some direct tricep work as a finisher on PP and bench days. 4-5 sets of light weight / hi rep cable push downs. Dips are great too but bother my shoulders after a while.
- Form with heavy PP - I noticed that as the weight got close to my max I was leaning forward during the push, opposed to keeping rigid and vertical. Keeping the cue of pushing up and behind the head, and keeping the push quick and explosive helps me.
- Do a couple of weeks of triples as opposed to singles and doubles. I find a little more volume at a lighter weight for a few sessions gets me primed to keep setting PRs.
Just my $.02 Good luck[/quote]
Thanks for the tips. Today is my push press workout so I’ll give those cues a try and see what happens. Definitely gonna try to emphasize speed and explosion even more so this time around and maybe throw in some jumps/med ball throws prior too to fire up the CNS, something I haven’t done much if since beginning this program.
I think I may have psyched myself up too much mentally last workout as well, couldn’t wait to train which sometimes works against me. Also tweaked my low back a bit during the warmup which didn’t help. The back thing has lingered, but seems some of my best workouts have come while dealing with aches and pains.