Is a Military Press the same as a behind the neck shoulder press?
I feel like being politically correct today!
Apparently a lot of people are confused with the term of a real military
press. The term Military Press has been dubbed for all
shoulder presses now apparently and that was not it's
The term "military" refers to the posture taken during the
execution of the exercise: hold yourself like a soldier
standing at attention: chest puffed out, heels close
together, legs straight, chin tucked in, shoulders back.
That's a real MILITARY PRESS...soldiers don't sit at
attention, they stand, thus the term!
So the only difference between a shoulder press and a
military press is that military presses are done standing up
and shoulder presses are done in the seated position, both
in essence though are shoulder presses.
ALSO: A true military press is NOT BEHIND THE NECK either..
Behind the neck is a basic shoulder press or "behind the
neck shoulder press".
Correct way to do a Military Press
So all those who have referred to seated shoulder presses or
behind the neck presses as being MILITARY PRESSES, you were
Behind the head puts lots of stress on the rotator cuff.
You may not have problems now, but the more weight you try
to press, the higher the risk of injury. It's
not wrong, it is a good exercise for light weight-high reps,
but there is a "better" way. Again, genetics may have gifted
you with such a build that this is less risk based on your
It is NOT a natural movement (behind the head shoulder
press). I've gone to standing barbell press (from seated Smith
machine). Whenever I see people doing the press behind the
head, you can see they can not really put a lot of weight on
the bar, or they start to lose form, or it doesn't feel
"right" as they put it. Not really sure if it's the "best"
mass builder, but it's definitely top 3.
There is one way, and there are better ways. What works for
you, and the risk you accept is up to the individual.
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