Press: Backward Bend of the back, half way up.
I'm a geezer, 61 yo, novice and started very weak; no history of weigh lifting. I've made great progress from a very light beginning on all the lifts but the Press. Once I get to 65lbs and above on the press, I feel my back curving backwards as the bar gets just over my head. My diagnosis is that I have the arm and shoulder strength to get the bar up, but not the abdominal strength to secure a straight back through the lift. I'm holding my breath under pressure. I'm leaning back from the hips. Everything feels great until the bar passes my forehead and then I feel my back collapse into a reverse curve until I get almost to the lockout position. I've deloaded to the bare bar 3 times now and each time I get back up to 65lbs this collapse of technique occurred.
My current plan is to just very slowly microload at levels at which I can control the form, but this is very slow progress at a very low level. Any ideas?
Can you record video? It's hard to know exactly what's going on just from verbal self-reporting.
I'll have to get organized to do this, but yes, that is only fair. May take me a bit as I'll have to go buy a tri-pod and edit up the video.
Originally Posted by spar
If you continue pressing and make it a point to concentrate on maintaining a strong abdominal isometric contraction, then it should improve over time. I usually wouldn't suggest it, but you could consider doing other (isometric?) abdominal exercises in the meantime.
As for technical advice, think about trying to keep the bar as close as possible to your face/head on the way up. This will help minimize how much laying back is needed to stay balanced under the bar. Although you might not have this problem, only a video would say for sure.
Try to get as close as you can to your nose. On the way up and on the way down. "Aim for your nose."
Originally Posted by MikeC1
You don't need a tripod and a video editor. It'd be nice, but it's definitely overkill. I usually just prop my camera up on some towels so it gets my whole body in the frame. Post an unedited video; it really isn't that big of a deal.
Do you wear a belt? That will help give your stomach something to press against. Be sure you flex your quads, deep breath, and keep your stomach tight against the belt.
Lead out with your hips, keeping your whole body tight.