Standing Military vs Seated Military

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    Standing Military vs Seated Military

    What are your opinions on the standing military press?

    I'm into lifting for strength, so I plan on shying away from the seated shit from now on. Do you do it?

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    well, the seated press is harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoLdeN M 07
    well, the seated press is harder.
    Really now? I understand recruiting a small push in the legs at the bottom of the motion will help a bit, but stabalizing a good amount of weight over the head seems a lot more difficult (aka, better)
    and you didnt vote! what do you do bro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoLdeN M 07
    well, the seated press is harder.
    No, standing is definately harder... Balance is more of an issue, and your abs and lower back have more to stabilize as well when compared to sitting presses.

    Anyway, If I'm using a BB I always stand, if I use DB's I sit... Just feels natural for me that way....

    Plus, the rack we have at our gym for seated BB makes you reach pretty far back to unrack it, and if I don't get a lift off, it makes my shoulders feel funny, so I prefer standing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoLdeN M 07
    well, the seated press is harder.
    How so?

    I much prefer standing overhead presses, though I also do them seated sometimes. With a barbell I like standing presses better because I can shift the weight from in front of me to overhead more naturally. With dumbbells I like either one.
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    I like seated with dumbells for the control and isolation I get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoneCrusher
    I like seated with dumbells for the control and isolation I get.

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    Seated BB is the best IMO

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    I like standing presses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scbz01602
    Really now? I understand recruiting a small push in the legs at the bottom of the motion will help a bit, but stabalizing a good amount of weight over the head seems a lot more difficult (aka, better)
    and you didnt vote! what do you do bro?
    Then that is a push press I believe, not a military press.
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    if you want to focus on the shoulders themselves, as in bodybuilding, do them seated, which enables you to use more weight theoretically. If you are interested in overall body strength, do them standing. To make it even more difficult, clean the bar off the floor into position and then press, as opposed to taking the bar off a rack.

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    i like standing. haven't done the seated in a long long time. seated excises also increase spinal load because you take your hips out of the movement and don't allow them to absorb force.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scbz01602
    Really now? I understand recruiting a small push in the legs at the bottom of the motion will help a bit, but stabalizing a good amount of weight over the head seems a lot more difficult (aka, better)
    and you didnt vote! what do you do bro?
    my bad ive read somehwere that its more intense. For my shoulders i do lying lateral raises (4x10x10lbs) and one arm seated military presses (4x3x60lbs).

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    Always standing and always with DBs. Both increase the overall functionality in my way of thinking, which makes the above the best combination IMO.
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    I've done both. I like standing better.

    I really can't tell any difference in one being harder than the other.

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    I like standing better, I can cheat at the last set if I need too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee
    I like standing better, I can cheat at the last set if I need too.
    Yeah, you WOULD like that better min0, wouldn't you

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    Quote Originally Posted by scbz01602
    Really now? I understand recruiting a small push in the legs at the bottom of the motion will help a bit, but stabalizing a good amount of weight over the head seems a lot more difficult (aka, better)
    and you didnt vote! what do you do bro?
    I can press about 25% more seated...Standing is harder and better for a compound movement and great for core work also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seanp156
    Yeah, you WOULD like that better min0, wouldn't you
    I meant rep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForemanRules
    I can press about 25% more seated...Standing is harder and better for a compound movement and great for core work also.
    it's wierd cause I am the opposite, it may be because I started with that lift being that I didn't have a bench.

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    I feel a lot more strain on my lower back when standing. when seated my lower back is supported and I can lift more.
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    Standing barbell, seated dumbells..
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    Quote Originally Posted by wholebody
    I feel a lot more strain on my lower back when standing. when seated my lower back is supported and I can lift more.

    don't lean back and hyperextend when you are standing. Most people do that when they are sitting also. This is a pretty basterdized lift IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P-funk
    don't lean back and hyperextend when you are standing. Most people do that when they are sitting also. This is a pretty basterdized lift IMO.
    Leaning back is almost like doing incline bench presses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee
    Leaning back is almost like doing incline bench presses.

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    I like variations..

    Seated both barbell and DB. However, if you're lifting for strength, I find it harder to lift individual DB's when standing or sitting!!! 1/4 to 1/2 the energy is sucked just from getting the weight into the start position!

    ** Reason - because some f*cking moron is in the seat next to the heavy weight and he's not doing his set bc/ of some hot chick he's staring at! (rant)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForemanRules
    I can press about 25% more seated...Standing is harder and better for a compound movement and great for core work also.

    For a while I was 100+% stronger doing seated DBs vs. Standing DBs. (repped 100lbs in each hand sitting vs. struggling for reps of 45lbs in each hand standing)

    I am a lot better now, but not that much better.

    On a push day, I do a standing barbell, followed eventually by a standing DB.
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    I do seated on a flat bench because it prevents cheating and also use some stabilizers in the process

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigss75
    I do seated on a flat bench because it prevents cheating and also use some stabilizers in the process

    Great idea...

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