|DEFINITION.||The MILITARY PRESS is a barbell press above the head.
Also widely practised by a large number of athletes, this exercise may incur serious dangers for the lumbar and dorsal spine.
Brief reminder, This was one of the three weightlifting movements:
The trick was to raise the shoulders as high as possible then move underneath by arching the back as much as possible and as quickly as possible.
Once the bar was held with the arms stretched, the athlete simply had to stand straight.
The risks are twofold, depending on whether the movement is executed:
In both cases, to avoid taking the slightest risk, it would be sufficient to:
I challenge anyone to push a bar vertically above the shoulders keeping the chin against the chest!
The bar is forced to leave the vertical axis of the shoulder joint.
With a stick it is child's play, but with a loaded bar it is quite another matter when it has to move past the nose!
We have considered the movement executed by a perfect athlete.
Unfortunately, not everyone is perfect.
Very few people are able to stand with the spine from the buttocks to the shoulders against a wall, pulling back the chin and then raising the arms above the head to touch the wall with the back of the hands!
I'D LIKE TO SEE IT!
And once again, it is not a question of load!
To execute this movement, we generally cheat in everyday life by "playing" on the flexibility of the spine to avoid being accused of making the Nazi salute.
A game that you end up paying for sooner or later by pains along the spine as the years go by.
But in bodybuilding, CHEATING = DANGER.
For the out-and-out enthusiasts of this "wonderful and catastrophic" movement, I suggest :
|MORAL OF THE STORY:||
If you think that life on Earth is possible without this movement,
DO WITHOUT IT!
Many other exercises are available to work the lateral deltoids and the triceps.
Read the page dedicated to working the SHOULDERS.