It is almost without fail that any celebrity or athlete you see in your favorite magazines, shows, etc. incorporate the overhead press into their own workout routine. It is one of the best exercises you can do to increase strength and flexibility and can easily be modified with a handful of variations.
And, as long as my client is ‘cleared’ to perform these movements, I too am a huge fan.
Although there are many benefits to practicing the overhead press, there is one problem I encounter with well over 90% of my clients. That problem is that most clients do not have the requisite range of motion to perform these movements with any regularity without pissing off one of their joints (usually shoulder, neck, and/or back).
The biggest reason most clients lack the range of motion is from the adage ‘use it or lose it’. Once it’s lost, it is impossible to get the range of motion back from calcification of the shoulder joint – getting older isn’t for wussies as some say.
The simplest solution is to eliminate this movement pattern and replace it with more horizontal pulling and pushing motions.
Here are three of my favorites:
Three Awesome Horizontal Rowing Exercises:
Three Awesome Horizontal Pushing Exercises:
1. Yoga Pushup
2. Band Chest Press
This slight modification to your program will help your body feel better both in the short and long term, allowing you to stay consistent and get fitter in the end.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this and the results when you implement this change.
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