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    I have some asymmetry in my standing press due to a spinal asymmetry I have. I also have a 7mm leg length discrepancy that I have shimmed accordingly. If you look in the rear view of my press video the angle and height of my forearms are slightly different. Iíve known this for a while and continued pressing with the best form I can. I take an even grip on the bar. My press and bench have gone up steadily for months now with no stalling. Only just lately I get a bit of a strained feeling in my left shoulder after every press workout. Im pretty sure this is due to my asymmetry. It is manageable though and Iíve continued running my press up. My bench has no asymmetry. Iím microloading 2.5lbs per workout on the bench and press. Any form advice or general advice is greatly appreciated.

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    19 years old 5í8Ē 200lbs
    Press and bench 2x per week adding 2.5lbs per workout.

    Press intensity is at 2x3 @ 185
    Press volume is at 4x5 @ 157.5

    Bench intensity is at 2x3 @ 270
    Bench volume is at 4x5 @ 250

    Here is the first set of 185 x 3 (Side view)
    November 5, 2020 - YouTube

    2nd set of 185 x 3 (rear view) My grip on the bar is dead even.
    November 5, 2020 - YouTube

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    I would start with the following:

    1) Try and bear down on your abs tighter in the setup.
    2) Get your wrists straighter with middle knuckle pointing up.
    3) Don't hold the lockout so long. Just a solid second is needed, then back down. You are holding it longer which is causing you to sway/loose tightness/use your traps longer than needed.
    4) Be careful not to push your head/neck forward too much during lockout. Keep them more neutral.
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    Do you recommend breathing at the top or bottom of the press? I feel like I lose tightness if I breath at the bottom.

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    The standard recommendation is to breathe at the bottom because you will also be re-tightening and adjusting your setup (if need be) before the next rep.
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