🔥OVERHEAD PRESS – WHERE DOES THE BAR REST?
👍 Probably one of the biggest questions people wonder when performing the OHP.
👇 “But I see people start at their chest..” – “Why do some people strt higher..?” …The reality is.. both are correct.
It actually depends on your forearm length: if your forearm is shorter/more proportionate to your humerus, you’ll most likely feel comfortable at starting the exercise with the bar resting at your upper chest.
On the other hand (arm?), if the forearm results to be relativey longer, it’ll feel better to start above.
What do I mean by “feeling better?”
Well, many people try to perform exercises by looking at the others, disregarding their own anatomical differences (see the deadlift set up):
- In this case, a longer forearm would require the arm to travel excessively beyond underneath the bar for it to rest on the chest, if not that then it would require the wrist to be excessively extended. You simply can’t cut your forearm length so..
- The problem with this, is that it makes it a disadvantageous position to start the exercise from, and can increase the chances of getting injured: elbow/wrst/shoulder pain.. you name it.
- How do you tell whether you should do one or the other set up?
Asides from looking at your arms, try which one feels better/stronger/more natural and stick to that. Both ways are correct so don’t try to impose yourself a set up you’re probably not made for.