I consider myself different from most. Even with my lifting style and pursuits to becoming stronger, I have always followed a logical approach. This even applies to how I train my athletes to press. Decades ago, I realized the straight barbell bench is not an effective tool for most adolescents participating in off-season training.
I pulled away from it and started to modify the movements to better suit the athlete, rather than force a movement he/she is not designed for. Here is my checklist for why I modify movements:
1. Allows athlete to be in a safer position while performing a movement.
2. Prevents or lessens pain in a specific area of a joint, muscle or connective tissue.
3. Overall strength is increased for a specific amount of weight, reps or sets.
Again, logical approach here and lets break this down even further:
I am allowing a person to become stronger, while reducing the risk of injury.
PRETTY SURE THAT'S WHAT EVERY ATHLETE WANTS!
My approach towards to any style of press is unique, because I look at the shoulders as the structural foundation for stability and support, the triceps are designed for the actual movement of weight. Hence, the majority of the pressing movements are designed to strengthen the triceps.
Carson Reich, OLB from Dartmouth, helps me in this video demonstrate the following movements: Reverse Band Angled Muli-Function, Dumbell Floor Press, Overhead Tricep Extension (Leaning on GHR), and Tricep Guillotine.
Technique is everything. If you have not been taught it, then you do not know it. Don't assume you are just getting the bar from Point A to Point B. It is all about the details.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact me: Gareth@hcpbabell.com