For overheaded presses wherein you use a barbell and lower it to the top of your chest:
- How should the proper form be with regards to your elbows, upper arms, and shoulders?
a. Should the upper arms be directly on the side of your torso and positioned perpendicular to the floor and with your shoulders squared back?
b. Should the upper arms be angled slightly in front of your torso so that the elbow is under/ slightly in front of the barbell? And if so, should the shoulders still be squared back? I find that when I position my upper arms this way, I find it hard to keep the shoulders squared (shoulder blades pinched back), as the shoulders tend to roll forwards.
- And during the movement, should the upper arms be angled slightly forward or directly in line with the torso?
a. Keeping the upper arms sligthly forward lets you keep the elbow in line with your hands. But this position seems to put most of the load and strain on the anterior delts.
b. However, when you keep your upper arms in line with your torso, the barbell gets moved in front of your elbows when you press up which feels awkward as well.
- Should the elbows be kept more-or-less directly in line with the hands during the entire movement?
My elbows tend to flare out midway (in order to move the upper arms in line with my torso). Is this wrong?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, I really need to get this movement right