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Using Legs with Overhead Press?

Should legs be activated when doing the over head press? as in using them for momentum

no that would be a push press, overhead presses are done without any leg drive.

BUT… push press is a great lift itself, and can help to improve your overhead press. Especially if you find yourself stalling near lockout.

Definitely include them in your program from time to time.

whats the difference between standing over head press and sitting??

[quote]tlydi23 wrote:
whats the difference between standing over head press and sitting??[/quote]

You need a chair for the latter

Alright I’ll give a serial reply.

Standing up will change the bar path a little bit. When you sit down you have the ability to arch your back more.

Subtle differences but the standing press will activate more stabilizing muscles throughout the body.

military press is what i found personally best for shoulder growth and in increasing my bench, military press are done with no momentum at all, heels together or at least very close together and a slight arch.

Video, master of the military pressing jim wendler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae0Ya0s5pR4

[quote]tlydi23 wrote:
Should legs be activated when doing the over head press? as in using them for momentum

whats the difference between standing over head press and sitting??[/quote]

Answers to both can be found in The Overhead Press article:

thank you