Bottoms Up!

April 7, 2012 — Leave a comment

Not beer guzzling this time…just some pressing work in the gym today

Here is some discussion on FB with Ben Bruno about this

    • Ben Bruno Nice work. So far I’ve tried seated, standing, half kneeling, and floor press. I think half kneeling is the hardest of those for me. I like them all though. I’m definitely going to stick with them and see how it influences my other lifts.

    • Clifton Harski I thought they’d help push up my other lifts…but I’m not getting that actually. I can bottom up press the 36, and regular press the 40, but not press the 44!

    • Ben Bruno Interesting. When I first added in ring pushups and dips, I was horrible at them. After some practice, it got to where I can now do just about as many with rings as I can without, and my pressing went up a little bit. I’m hoping for that effect with these, but we’ll see. It’s only been a couple weeks. 36 is very strong! I can only do 20’s.

    • Clifton Harski

      I think these stability/motor control improvements don’t do enough to challenge the primary movers, and that’s why they don’t actually increase total dip amount, kb press amount etc. Now, they do allow for much better control and performance at sub maximal loads-which I believe to be hugely important to athleticism. Also, you and I are already fairly strong…so of course it makes sense that lighter loads aren’t enough to overload our prime movers in the standard version of the exercise….yet I still think these types of more proprioceptively rich, stability focused drills are important.
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    • Ben Bruno Good thoughts. I also like them as a way to work through a full range of motion on a movement that otherwise might be painful with heavy weight. For example, heavy overhead work bugs my shoulder, but these are fine. After a few weeks of doing them, my shoulders already feel better and I think I’ll have a better chance of being able to overhead press if I chose to try it down the line.

      40 minutes ago · Like
    • Clifton Harski

      The bottom up overhead work really challenges those rotators, since their job is to stabilize the shoulder, and not be prime movers (primarily anyway), so for people with past rotator cuff injuries, they can be awesome (if not done too early in rehab of course). This same reasoning is why I actually like getups so much, gotta be strong and stable in many different shoulder positions

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