Saturday, October 3, 2009

WOD 100309

Shoulder Press 3-3-3-3-3


Run 5km for time.

The Shoulder Press

The Shoulder Press is an important functional movement that we incorporate into our workouts. It is a great exercise for developing strength in, what else, the shoulders. In addition, the trainee develops balance and stabilization in the shoulder girdle, core strength(that's right, heavy presses work your abs) and has a great carry over to athletic activity. The path of the Press is very similar to the force applied in sports such as football, rugby, and basketball just to mention a few.

The act of lifting a load overhead is also very similar to movements such as carrying a box from a high shelf or lifting a child overhead for a ride on the shoulders. Without strong, stable shoulders, we wouldn't be able to accomplish a myriad of activities that we face on a daily basis.

Other benefits of training the Press is the carry over effect it has on other overhead movements - namely the Push Press and Push Jerk. Strong pressers a very often monsters when they perform these movements.

Here are some recommended videos on the Shoulder Press by Mark Rippetoe, author of Starting Strength and the owner/coach of Wichita Falls Athletic Club:-

Happy viewing and see you in the gym for some solid presses!


mattychang said...

what is this? Barbells? Finally the glorious time has come. That probably enough reason for me to move back to KL...

Jonathan said...

hey matt!

:) when you coming back for a visit?