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    Default Question about the knees in the press 2.0

    Hey Coach,

    After re-reading bill starr’s article about the olympic style press I was wondering if this related to the press 2.0 as well:

    “Your legs should be straight, but not locked. This may sound confusing and I admit it is, but you can check it out yourself. You can stand with your legs straight, yet the knees aren’t locked.”

    And

    “Pull yourself into a tight coil then drive the bar upward just as hard as you can and at that same moment, lock your knees.”

    I’ve been struggling with my press for quite a while and my typical setup involves tight quads and knees that are locked hard before the horizontal rebound of the hips.

    After trying the press with a tight snap of the knees on the rebound seems to help produce more force from the rebound, but am I taking too much away from the upper body? I know I’m not push pressing it, but i’ll have to get back to you with video if required!

    Thanks!

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    The pressing muscles get all the work they need if you don't push-press the bar up to the top of your head before you start pressing it. If your knees stay tight, you won't.

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    Roger that - as far as timing goes should i be locking the knees hard immediately after the hips rebound? Assuming my knees were already straight, but not locked

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