Standing military press, belt or no belt ?

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  1. jks1

    jks1 Member

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    Simple question for a non competitive lifter performing this exercise for overall deltoid mass.

    I already brace my core and squeeze my ass cheeks together for increased stability throughout the movement, but would a weightlifting belt help further increase stability or would it be counterproductive ?

    Tensing my thigh muscles, I've also found helps stability while overhead pressing.

    I go heavy (for me) and perform 3-5 reps to failure.

    Thanks for any tips.
     
  2. Gms585

    Gms585 VIP Member

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    I dont use a belt ever. Not even for squats.

    I like it raw...
     
  3. 5.0

    5.0 VIP Member

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    Spent some time in the MCJ have we???
     
  4. 5.0

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    Jks1 I use a belt every time for heavy ohp, for me it really aids back stability. Stay safe
     
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  5. ITAWOLF

    ITAWOLF VIP Member

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    No belt
    Thou I like seated when using 75 and up
     
  6. Gms585

    Gms585 VIP Member

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    lol not really.
    just lots of i-90 rest areas...
     
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  7. JR Ewing

    JR Ewing VIP Member

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    Standing presses are certainly a good exercise, but I have stuck almost entirely to doing them seated for many years. I find that I can go quite a bit heavier when seated, and that doing so is easier on my lower back.

    I like to do them in the power rack, and to use an adjustable incline bench that is set very steep - so that I'm leaning back slightly and have the back rest set at an angle that is a bit greater than 90 degrees from the seat.

    I wear a belt on the last sets when going very heavy.
     
  8. OldManStrength

    OldManStrength VIP Member

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    I do seated, with out a belt. it just feels better and more stable to me..
     
  9. Gms585

    Gms585 VIP Member

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    I should clarify I use standing mil press and standing 1 arm DB presses as either a light move to pre-exhaust or a closer high rep movement. I normally keep it lighter. I like both those Because of the stress added to your core.
     
  10. snakeman

    snakeman Member

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    Standing military press kills my back to begin with, I couldn't imagine doing them without a belt.
     
  11. CFM

    CFM VIP Member

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    Not belt, but I go to seated when going heavy. If you've been using a belt, keep on using it. I never have used a belt from day 1. I have developed those muscle over decades. Up and discontinuing your belt using advanced weight is a recipe for disaster.
     
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  12. jks1

    jks1 Member

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    Thanks for the tips !

    Have never used a belt but looking for experienced feedback on whether using one has benefits or disadvantages
     

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