Press Day

It was Press Day at tosabarbell on Tuesday. The press is my favorite lift, not my best lift, just my favorite. I don’t know why, probably because it’s a lost art. Sure there are bunches of people running linear progression who start pressing but once it stalls out, many put it to the side.

Another popular trend I’m seeing in recent press videos around the www. is to use just a little, itty, bitty part of a knee push in some big presses. Sorry luv, you can’t produce force out of the knee’s and still call it a press or a strict press. Knee use=push press. They are good push presses, but not a thing called a press. If you want to go old school and use an Olympic style press with a lot of hips at the beginning go right ahead. But no knees. Not at all. Not. At. All.

Personally, I’m working towards a “big” press (the “big” means big for me, obviously), 2-3 kilos at a time. I run 531 for three weeks and during my deload week I run up to a heavy single. I know, I know: Deload, I’m doing it wrong. This week I wanted to go from 55kg last month straight to 60. The bar had other plans. I hit 58 and I’ll take that, it’s still a PR. The nice thing is that my coach video taped the lift (ok, it was Oz. But he jumped in and said what I told him to at the correct point so we’ll say for that moment he was my coach.)

This also gives me a chance to see why I was missing 60. See how I push the bar slightly out instead of up towards my nose? Rookie mistake, I’ll know better next month. Hips. I need to use more hips also.

After, a new client came and pressed and is also falling in love with the lift. His reconstructed shoulder that hasn’t been put to use properly for years is finally feeling good and he can actually reach behind himself and be a useful human. Nahhh, he’s pretty useful already. The point is, he feels better than he has in years just from Pressing. Yup, it’s that good.

Then the Bigg man came in to work up to a slightly heavy double after that. Or what I thought was going to be a double. Memo to me, don’t stop taping until the bar is re-racked. Another rookie error. Anyways.

348# for three (but you only get to see two. MyBad.) I know, 348 is a weird number, it’s just how the iron and kilo plates ended up and we’re not douches so we don’t fudge the numbers. See? No Knees. Makes it a press. Cuz he’s not using his knee’s. No one does here actually and gets to call it a Press.

The best activities for your health are pumping and humping.

Arnold Schwarzenegger 

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About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. jep6095@gmail.com tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals of becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. Juli has been coaching teams and athletes for over 20 years. She grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. Her 4 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe has honed her coaching skills to be a top choice for you to reach your strength and conditioning goals. She is an active competitor in Weightlifting, receiving the Silver Medal in the 2016 World Master's Championship; is a Master's World Champion in Highland Games, and competes in Highlander Games. Juli will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However; tosabarbell is also for those who just wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a Professional Strongman who competes regularly with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. Matt will host many Strongman Saturdays at tosabarbell which are sure to be followed by food. Lots of food. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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