|It's guys like this that made the |
overhead presstough to judge
It's easy to figure out why the benchpress was then introduced. It simply is much easier to judge.
I for one, am not impressed by guys who can bench a huge amount of weight. I usually go "mehhh...." when I see guys grunting and heaving to bench weights. But pressing huge weights overhead is another story altogether. Now THAT is impressive. THAT is the mark of a strong man. Plus, it has good carryover to real life usage. Unlike the squat and the deadlift, I don't see how lying on your back and lifting weights can be beneficial when going through your daily activities.
Yes, I am biased. Sue me. I am entitled to my opinion. Plus, it's my blog. Haha. Anyway, here's a list of benefits of overhead presses:
|Keep your elbows tucked in... Like this |
dude does right here
- It's a total body workout. It works your legs, glutes, core, shoulders, upper chest, lats... it smokes everything.
- It especially gives your obliques a nice workout.
- Unlike the benchpress which focuses more on the front shoulders and not much on your back shoulders, the overhead press works all parts of your shoulders.
When done correctly, the overhead press is a heck of an exercise. For me, it's one of the toughest lifts. But I love it nonetheless. However, my shoulder was once injured because I had been using the wrong pressing technique. Luckily, it wasn't a serious injury but I had to stay away from upper body exercises for a few weeks. That's enough to make me weep.
My mistake was that my grip was too wide and my elbows were flared. You must always tuck your elbows in. For that to happen, you must also have strong and flexible wrists. Or else you're gonna have some trouble keeping your elbows tucked in when you're at the overhead press starting position.
If you haven't tried out the overhead press, you should. Just make sure you do it with proper form, ok?