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Overhead Press Slight Leaning, Dangerous?


#1

Most everyone lifting big weights overhead with one arm leans to the side (and/or to the back).
Is there any danger in this or does the body (adapt to) take it well? (yes, I know there's a difference between leaning with a ~straight back and bending your spine sideways etc.)

A more extreme lean:

A pretty good example of what I mean:

Asking because the side press feels much better on my shoulders than the MP, but seems my spine bends a little...it does feel natural though, and I see a sheet-load of guys doing 1A DB rows or deads with some rotation in their spines.


#2

That is because it is simply physically impossible to stand perfectly straight while only one arm is holding up weight above your head.


#3

Your body is designed for lateral movement of the torso. This exercise actually strengthens the midsection.


#4

This and thus forming a new center of gravity for stabilizing the body.


#5

Thought so. Thank you. It does feel and seem perfectly natural.


#6

are you bodybuilding?


#7

I'm just trying to put up as much weight as I can with a form which won't get me injured and uses my muscles, not momentum.


#8

LAMAR GANT!
The human body is truly impressive...(and the, ahem, animal body is just as impressive)