How to Perfect The Push Press

So now that we’ve gone over the strict press let’s take the next step and go over the push press, which will allow you to press more weight overhead. This happens because the push press brings the leg into the equation generating more power into the bar, But they’re definitely ways you can go wrong here so we wanted to give you some cues to make sure you get on the right track.

Here are the major components of the push press

  • Elbows slightly in front of the bar
    • Ideally this bar is resting across the collar bones and on top of the shoulder
  • The Dip:
    • This isn’t a full squat motion this is just a shallow dip while also keeping the chest straight up and down, if you just caves forward or leans back the power generated from the legs isn’t fully going into the bar.
  • The Drive
    • This is where we start to reverse the dip and push up with our legs to get the bar overhead
    • One thing to think about is not pushing with the shoulder before you have finished your leg drive. (Meaning before you’ve fully finished extending your legs)
    • Keep your chest down as you push the bar overhead, this will help stop any arching during the lift

Give it a try and let us know if you have any questions!

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