Looking to build strong shoulders, chest, and arms, while working the rest of your body as well? Look no further! The overhead press helps improve deficiencies in your overall upper body strength, translating to improved numbers on the bench press, chin-ups, rows, and more.
Back in the day, the standing overhead press was the cornerstone exercise of some of the most impressive physiques. But it was more than just a muscle builder. It was a key marker of manliness itself, on top of being a fundamental strength-building exercise and even a competitive Olympic lift.
Sure, it’s out of favor today, thanks to a combination of intimidating difficulty and injuries caused by bad technique. But if you’re an ambitious lifter with a healthy back and shoulders, it deserves a place of honor in your training program.
Strength Coach Mark Rippetoe shows us how to properly do an overhead press to get maximum return from this workout without being injured.
About The Coach Mark Rippetoe
Mark Rippetoe is the author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Practical Programming for Strength Training, Strong Enough?, Mean Ol’ Mr. Gravity, and numerous journal, magazine and internet articles. He has worked in the fitness industry since 1978, and has been the owner of the Wichita Falls Athletic Club since 1984. He was in the first group certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a CSCS in 1985, and the first to formally relinquish that credential in 2009. Rip was a competitive powerlifter for ten years and has coached many lifters and athletes, and many thousands of people interested in improving their strength and performance. He conducts seminars on this method of barbell training around the country.coach and author.