Reading T-Nation has inspired me to try to overhead press my bodyweight. I’m currently about 200 lbs. bodyweight, and I hit 175 lbs. for a double today without too much trouble. I think I’m well on my way to achieving that goal.
To set up my overhead press, I like to powerclean the barbell, but I never achieve the rack/shelf position because my elbows are pointed downwards. This feels natural to me since I figure my elbows would be pointing towards the ground if I were military pressing in a seated rack. When reading powerclean literature though, the proper rack/shelf position is described as elbows forward. Does a good rack posiiton matter for overhead pressing? My current form feels comfortable and natural. Maybe there’s some physiological advantage I’m lacking by not beginning my overhead press from a rack position?
I have shoulder/wrist flexibility issues with using the rack position for front squatting. I usually use the ‘arms-crossed’ method to front squat. While I would like to master the rack position, learning it has been a nuisance.
I appreciate any feedback.