Thursday, October 20, 2011

Overhead Press with Thumbless Grip

To be honest, I am not sure where exactly I got the idea of using the thumbless grip when doing my overhead press.  It definitely was from one of the myriad of blogs I read.  And there is quite a high probability it came from James Smith (the guy behind Diesel Crew).

Initially, I was a bit apprehensive about using the thumbless grip.

Thumbless = Unstable

At least, that's what I thought.

But I was pleasantly surprised that it made the lift that much steadier.  The 'line of movement' of the overhead press felt smoother and more comfortable.  Most probably because I could bend back my wrists a bit better.  Bottom line... you should try using the thumbless grip for the overhead press.  It's certainly one of the better tips I've read so far.


Mitchell said...


I'm always looking for new tips to try out. Not using the thumb in your overhead press is a good way to change things up. It might also offer up some muscle stimulation in the forearms allowing for a stronger grip in the long scheme of things too.


Aizan Suhaira said...

Hi Mitchell. Thanks for droping by. Yup, I love great tips too. But i also think there should be a limit to it. There are good tips, but there are also tips that make you even more confused than you previously were. I guess it's up to our discretion to sift through the loads of info that come our way.

Adeline said...

thumbless grip means how ar?

Aizan Suhaira said...

Uhh.. How to describe... Mmm... Instead of your thumb covering your fingers... The thumb and fingers are all on the same side of the bar.