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Thoughts on Bradford Press

Hi CT,

I want to shift some focus to my shoulder width at the moment. What are your thoughts on the bradford press as an accessory lift or possible a pre pump/pre fatigue to push press?

Many Thanks as per

[quote]Hull2012 wrote:
Hi CT,

I want to shift some focus to my shoulder width at the moment. What are your thoughts on the bradford press as an accessory lift or possible a pre pump/pre fatigue to push press?

Many Thanks as per[/quote]

It can work, IF you have the proper mobility to do it. A lot of people lack external rotation range of motion, so when the bring the barbell behind their neck they compensate by getting the shoulder out of the pocket and pushed forward.

IMHO if you can do a proper overhead squat with a load, you can use the Bradford press. If you can’t do an overhead squat because the bar drifts forward when you squat down, I would avoid the Bradford press.

[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:

[quote]Hull2012 wrote:
Hi CT,

I want to shift some focus to my shoulder width at the moment. What are your thoughts on the bradford press as an accessory lift or possible a pre pump/pre fatigue to push press?

Many Thanks as per[/quote]

It can work, IF you have the proper mobility to do it. A lot of people lack external rotation range of motion, so when the bring the barbell behind their neck they compensate by getting the shoulder out of the pocket and pushed forward.

IMHO if you can do a proper overhead squat with a load, you can use the Bradford press. If you can’t do an overhead squat because the bar drifts forward when you squat down, I would avoid the Bradford press.[/quote]

Do you have any suggestions for increasing the ROM here?

Would doing loaded overhead squats and just working on getting deeper and deeper help?

Shoulder dislocates with a rod, just working my hands in over time have helped me, but I’d be interested in other options too.