Shoulder Press Utilizes The Whole Body

Men’s Fitness – How To Do A Perfect Shoulder Press

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Many people know the basic movement of the press (also referred to as shoulder press or military press) increases muscle and strength to the deltoid muscles, but many do not realize that the shoulder press can also help carve harder abs and increase bench press performance as well. According to Jim Wendler, a strength coach in Ohio states that the shoulder press activates more core muscles than and crunch, and helps build the strength to heave bigger loads on every upper-body lift. This movement can be done with dumbbells, or the barbell. There are also two different types of press which are variations for more muscle. First is the “Push Press.” To do the push press, from the starting position, bend your hips and knees slightly as if you were about to jump. Bounce back up quickly, straightening your hips and knees, and explosively press the bar overhead. The other variation is the “Bradford Press.” For this variation, press the bar up as normal, but leave a little bend in your elbows at the top. Lower the bar behind your head, then press it back up. This move keeps all the stress on the deltoids.



Proper Positioning For Back Squat

Mark Rippetoe is an American strength training coach and author. In this video, Rippetoe focuses on a common error made by lifters while doing the back squat. Rippetoe points out that this error is performing the movement with “too vertical of a back angle.” Any attempt to maintain compressive force on the spine is mechanically incorrect. The spine needs to stay more horizontal so the muscles that control the position of the back and can increase in strength. In doing the back squat, we are intentionally trying to train the back muscles, and in doing so, the correct back position is actually slightly forward. This video shows the incorrect way that is commonly done, and the correct way to do a squat.


Even More Reasons Why Everyone Should Lift Weights

Active – 12 Reasons You Should Lift Weights

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This article talks about how lifting weights can potentially make someone lose 40 percent more fat as compared to someone who doesn’t exercise. When Penn State researchers put dieters into three groups which were no exercise, aerobic exercise only, or aerobic exercise and weight training. All groups lost around 21 pounds, but the lifters lost six more pounds of fat than those who didn’t weight lift. The article talks about how the lifters’ loss was almost pure fat; the others lost fat and muscle. The article also discusses how weightlifting will cause individuals to burn more calories, handle stress better, and usually will improve an individual’s happiness.