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  1. #1
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    Aug 2020

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    Dear Mr Rippetoe,
    Dear Starting Strength Team,

    Greetings from Munich, Bavaria. I recently started my SS Novice Program. Due to the German regulations due to Covid I decided to set up a home gym in my basement. Unfortunately the ceiling height isn't high enough, so that I cannot use my full range of motion. Is a seated press a sufficient alternative until I can find a better place for my cage? Or should I just train the bench press?

    Thank you in advance


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Phoenix, AZ


    Seated press on a flat bench works just fine.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2018


    I train the seated press myself for the same reason (I'm 6'3" and my ceiling is around 7'). I have found a tendency to tip backwards when the weight gets heavy. I suspect I have a form problem somewhere, but I haven't worked it out yet.


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