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Old 11-27-2012, 09:34 AM   #2
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Most powerlifters on this board overhead press. Most strength coaches program presses into their workouts.

I've pressed for decades. Stopped last year simply due to personal injury/strain issues that were derived from 20 years of horrible bench form. I've done a strict 315 BTN and seated overhead press.

My opinion...strength is always a good thing. I want shoulders as strong as possible. I want everything as strong as possible. Therefore I believe every lifter should build a strength base. Once they get to advanced stages or later in life a few dump overhead pressing completely.

You certainly can over-work the shoulders and have it take away from the bench, but in my years I have only done this when heavy overhead pressing (max singles/triples) each week along with 2-3x benching sessions.

Younger lifters and intermediate lifters with moderate strength probably won't see overhead pressing as an issue unless they are training with a lot of volume and/or frequency/intensity.

Balanced training is rarely a bad thing, especially while lifters are building their bases the first 3-5 years.
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