Saturday 25th October 2014,
Travis Holley's

Day 282 of 365: Pushing The Press

It was recently suggested(and I suggest you do the same right now!) that I take a look at an article all about the press that Mark Rippetoe wrote for TNation.  I am so happy I did, because the article has brought to my attention the lack of focus I’ve placed on the strict press.  This is a sad story that I know many of you out there can relate to.

I get it….the press is not the sexiest lift in the gym.  It’s far more appealing to perform the lifts that allow you to move more weight so that you can go back and tell your friends how strong you are.  It’s also more attractive to work on those “beach muscles” that (apparently)make you more attractive.  But, here’s the big one…..Are you really THAT strong if neglect a major component of strength?  Are you really THAT strong if your press is drastically below your own body weight?  My contention is NO!

So what do we do about it?

That’s pretty f*cking simple: PRESS MORE!  Stop neglecting it and start focusing some of your calf raises time towards something that actually matters!

Now, here’s the deal….
If you actually did what I asked, and read the Rippetoe article, you saw that mountain of a man press 502lbs after cleaning it!  I say again….He PRESSED 502lbs AFTER cleaning it!  Not a clean and jerk….a f*cking PRESS!  Silly!

What you may have also noticed is that there is a technique involved in that press that may come across as “cheating” or performing a push press, but it’s not.  That is how it’s done, people!  I’m going to show you a video of how I train my athletes to press.  I want you to watch it several times, because tomorrow I am going to walk you through how to perform a proper press.

Are you excited?!

You should be!!!
Check back tomorrow!

 

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About The Author

Travis Holley is a CrossFit Level II Coach, has a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado, and has 3 years of experience coaching a wide variety of individuals ranging from young athletes to grandparents, and everyone in between.