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  • Shoulder press

    Hello,

    I'm having a little difficulty with the shoulder press at the later reps. If I'm doing sets of 8, the first 5 are no problem. However, on six and up I start getting some sort of a shoulder blockage after the bar clears the head. I resolve it by kind of flaring/shrugging action of the left elbow/shoulder. I'm not really sure why this happens at the later sets as the technique in my mind stays the same. What's the solution here, drop the weight? Consciously focus on shrugging? If I should focus on shrugging more, at what point should this be?

    Thanks.

  • #2
    Keep practicing the shoulder press, particularly the sets of 8. I would think that you'd get better at the movement over time the more you train it.

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    • #3
      Consider putting up a form check, maybe?

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      • #4
        If what you're describing is that you can't lock-out the lift at the top, I'd lower the weight until you can perform the full movement for the prescribed number of reps & RPE.

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        • #5
          As others say a form check is crucial. You also want to make sure you're stretching, doing lots of prehab work on your shoulders as well.

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