Seeing the success that two threads on olympic lifting are having here, the enthusiasm they seem to entail, the abscence of harsh rebukes by annoyed powerlifters, I thought I would push my luck, while I have more free time, and try another o-lifting related question: does the standard overhead press have much value for olympic weightlifters.
I have heard that many national level lifters in the higher weightclasses have trouble overhead pressing 225 (pounds), which means i can overhead press as much or almost as much as many national level lifters. This seemed to me pathetic on the part of the weightlifters, but it also indicated that maybe the overhead press is not that important. On the other hand, I have read in several articles, as well as the weightlifting encylcopedia, the opinion that the the removal of the overhead press from weightlifting, and its subsequent neglect in training, has lead to more shoulder injuries and a lack of usefull strength in o-lifters.
What do you all think? And if anyone wants to restart the debate about the safety of overhead pressses, with new opinions, I’d be happy to hear that too.