I’ve just recently realized that my shoulder strength sucks. I haven’t done any shoulder movements in almost 6 months now, and my bench (among other things) is suffering from it. I stopped doing military presses and raises for fear of developing a strength imbalance (so my posterior/medial delts are up to par). I just never realized that I would suffer from excluding standing military presses altogether. So yesterday I tried them (dong CT’s Reinassance Man program), and it turns out that I can barely complete the sets that I could easily in March with 15 pounds less.
I know that you use less weight with standing that with seated presses (yesterday was the first time i did standing), but this was still shocking, considering that I’ve gone up significantly in all my major lifts.
So, I decided to start doing push presses (especially since Coach Davis listed them as one of his top 9 exercises; if CD likes = functional strength, which is a priority for a soccer player like me). The thing is, I lack the flexibility in my wrists to do them from the clean position (bar resting on shoulders, wrists back), so I was wondering if I could do push presses with just a regular military grip until I develop enough flexibility (lack of flexibility is the main obstacle that keeps me from learning all the olympic movements)?