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Viking Press Questions


#1

This Thread is just out of interest, I am not going to perform a viking press.

Is there a rule that states how low you have to go down with the handles before you are allowed to press up again? How does the viking press compare to, lets say a push press, weight wise?
It is often featured in big international competitions and I am just curious.


#2

It all come down to how far away handle weight is , height of implements. Thank of hammer press at gym i can do 4 plates for ten fairy easy , cant push press 360 right now. They announce what the weight on actual handles is.


#3

One other thing to keep in mind is that the jerk tends to be banned on the viking press, which means it’s more a brute strength pressing movement compared to most.


#4

In most cases the implement has to come down to (or below) your chin, and people can generally viking press quite a bit more than they can push press since it is essentially a ‘machine’ movement. The weights can vary greatly since it all depends on how they are calibrating the ‘in-hand’ weight and how the weight is being loaded. In some cases there are also differences with the handle type/width.

I haven’t done one in a while but it is a fun event, it is also usually good for people with limited strongman experience or more ‘brute strength’ since it is easier to learn than say an Axle/Circus Dumbbell/Log.


#5

I was wondering the same thing, a competition I’m looking into is using 230lbs (LW). I played with the setup Kalle Beck demonstratedhere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvoMngfLWmU I was trying to figure out how the weight is measured since it is a lever. For example, would two barbells with a 45 on the pressing side of each be 180? I used 4- 5’s on the lever end to pinch the safety bars, do those count for or against the weight in hand?