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Old 02-25-2009, 08:13 PM   #11
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Brian, I'm not sure they're at odds. rips advice on making sure the bar is right down and the heel of the hand in line with the vertical forearm is just a different way of saying it. pay no attention to the picture. wrap your wrist super tight and see how that feels with the hand almost vertical in line with the forearm. now replicate that without the wrap.


sorry if that's not super clear. I'm a shitty presser anyway. short answer, use whatever cue gets you a very vertical forearm and do not cock the wrist back like you're racking a front squat.
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:03 PM   #12
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I actually don't think it is different from what Starr is saying...Rip I think has it stated in clearer terms. This position is the same for a KB press, that the bar is across the heel of your hand more than the palm? if you look at SS, page 156-157 Carrie's wrist position on 156? A lot of people try to press in that position the whole way up. Look at her wrists on 157...see? It's really just telling you to not hyper extend the wrists.
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Old 02-26-2009, 05:17 AM   #13
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I don't have SS so I unfortunately can't check the referenced pages.

From what I can tell, regardless of how the wrists are cocked, my understanding is that the take home from all of this is that the bar should be resting on the heels of the hands so that the weight drives directly down through the forearms and does not create any shear force on the wrists. Does that sound right?

I can tell you the first time I tried pressing, I (probably incorrectly) replicated what I saw in the pictures re: hand positioning, and my wrists were not happy about it.
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:30 AM   #14
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sounds like you've got it figured brian.
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:31 AM   #15
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Yes, I believe I'm about as far as I'm going to get without steady and careful practice of the movement.

Thanks again to everyone for your help, comments, and advice.
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