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The Military Press

There are a number of different ways to do the military press (such as beginning with the bar on the floor, or a seated military press), but we’re going to show a standing variation of the military press, with the bar placed on a rack at about chest height (the equipment is sometimes called a squat rack; it has two hooks placed at different heights for racking the bar). Here’s a video link showing the general technique for this exercise from Bodybuilder.com: www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/detail/view/name/standing-military-press.

With the military press, you grasp the bar with palms facing outward, carefully move it off the rack, then bring the bar down to your chest, and push it all the way over your head. Unlike many other exercises, where you do not lock the joints such as the elbows or knees, the military press pushes the bar in a straight-up-arms position. Figure 8-3 shows the beginning of the rep before the big push.


  

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