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From the Archives: Hips in the Press

by Diego Socolinsky, SSC | September 12, 2020

Forward hip movement in the initiation of the press has multiple purposes. First, it helps move the head out of the way of the bar as it goes up, so that we may press in a more or less straight line from start to lockout. Second, when properly timed, it initiates an elastic rebound that propels the weight off the shoulders, much like the stretch reflex at the bottom of the squat. Lastly, it allows the use of more musculature by better aligning the front deltoids and pectoral muscles with the direction of bar motion. In order to reap these benefits, we must execute the movement correctly.

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