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Old 04-08-2007, 06:44 PM   #1
Damien Thompson
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Default Sotts Press Flexibility

Well when trying this i can't seem to press the weight because of my shoulder positioning.

I tend to find that when snatch squatting, .. my shoulders rotate forward so once i get to the bottom posistion, the position of my shoulders makes it difficult to press the weight.

I do a lot of stretching, dislocated and reverse dislocates, etc.

Is there anything i can do to enable me to maintain a better position in my arms to allow me to get the sotts press?

Does everyone understand the position/inflexability i'm talking about??

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Old 04-08-2007, 07:19 PM   #2
Steve Shafley
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The flexibility for sotts press has much more to do with the thoracic area of the back, the scapulae, and the rotator cuff than snatching does. Pecs too, how can I forget those damned pecs?

I think the internal rotators need to be stretched in a variety of upper arm angles, including the one mimicking the starting position of the lift.

I would think that you first need the ability to press behind the neck comfortably with the bar starting in the position it would be in the back squat.

Some ideas based on the movement itself:

Grip width: Snatch grip ----> Narrower grip
Squat depth: Top position ----->bottom position

The continuum of those ranges will provide you with the specific areas you need to work on right now, and the nature of the movement is such that once you fix something, chances are, another issue steps in to take it's place.
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