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11/8/2008 7:52:41 PM - mark
Does standing overhead barbell presses increase your bench? I found that when I switched back to standing overhead presses that my bench started to move again. My bench stalled out for the last 6 months, lock outs were tough. With the size of your shoulders, you look like you could do 405 on standing overhead presses.

I think you already answered your question. If your bench increased after you added the overhed pressing then it must have helped. I never cared for standing overhead presses but I love doing them seated. To each his own I guess you can say. If your bench has stalled out again after doing overheads, try something different for awhile and then comeback to them. Sometimes you just need a break.

Another thing... is your bench stalling out in a different place than where it was before it started moving? It might mean that a different area needs more attention. For example... if you're coming off your chest strong but you're not locking the weight out, it's obviously not your shoulders that are weak. Instead you need to hit your triceps harder in the area that will help your lockout.

Best of luck to you.

Mike Ruggiera

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