Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Tuesday workout

Focus = Pressing

pressing strength has really gone done as of lately. But of course, how can I be great at pressing if I only do it once in a while. I have stayed away from alot of pressing because my LEFT shoulder feels so unstable. HMMMMM? Maybe that I why I need to press more. After about 2 or 3 reps it almost as if my nervous system just shots off neural drive to all the shoulder muscles. It's not a gradual fatigue, it's instantaneous. 1 rep I'm find, the next I can hardly press it more than 2 inches. Something is going on, could it be just instability? Is the brain trying to protect my shoulder by shutting off the prime movers? This has been going on for a while, just haven't really done anyting about it.

Thoughts anyone?

KB Military Press
warm up: 16kg 5/5 x 1

24kg x 5/5 4/4 3/3 x 2 sets

(2nd set had a very diificult time on my left side - reps got ugly)


100lb x 1/1 x 1 sets
50lb x 2/2 x 2 sets

MB Shouldering

100lb MB 3/3 x 3 sets

Short workout. Energy was not as high probably because I trained at night. Night training for me is not ideal. I'm on my feet all day and by the end of the day I'm smoked. Late morning is the best for me as my energy is peaking.

GTG for left military press - I start this week.


Joefitness said...

Kinda surprised to hear you struggle. I do notice in your blog that pressing is not a major focus, but with those Snatch numbers and your ability I would think it would not be the challenge that those numbers represent.

But for sprinting you cannot be too tight in those shoulders, so heavy rep high tension stuff makes no sense at this point, correct?

Be well

Franz Snideman said...

I agree. But my ego is hurting :(

I like to press heavy. But now I cannot even press light - hmmmmm?

Joefitness said...

That is interesting...we will have to chat about this over the weekend...

I love the ego comment :-)

Mark Reifkind said...


is this the same side the biceps is sore? more pressing might not be the answer, at least not more heavy pressing.
do you really activate the lat and pull the shoulder into the socket as you press? that should help a lot as well as fully releasing the levator scapula and teres major.
either way you are right- if you want to be great,or even good , at a skill it must be practiced and trained regularly.

good luck


Pete Diaz, RKC said...

Hi Franz,

Just thought I'd share my experience, hope it is some help. When my shoulders were unstable, I really worked on the rotator cuffs, and after a few weeks, I felt very sure of my self when pressing (it was the bench press, but this was before I knew KBs).

Take care,

Tom Shook, RKC said...

Franz,'s my 2 cents on pressing. I had problems in the past, partly due to lack of flexibility and partly due to lack of stability. Windmills and static holds while really concentrating on a solid lockout position helped a lot. Partial pressing or graduated presses are pretty good too....for flexibility I also do OHS with a broom stick, believe it or not it really opens up the shoulder girdle without making you feel "spongy" if that makes sense.

Franz Snideman said...

Rif - yes - that left Bicep is the sore one. In bad need of some NMT. working on that this week.

Pete and Tom. thanks for the advice. will implement your ideas and keep you posted!