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Secret Training Tip #665 – The CURE For Stubborn Shoulders…The Two-Phase Barbell Shoulder Press

By Nick Nilsson

If you’ve got stubborn shoulders, this simple but extremely
powerful technique is EXACTLY what you need. Standard
dumbell and barbell pressing don’t work the WHOLE range
of motion equally – you’re leaving results on the table if
you’re just doing straight shoulder presses!


If you’ve ever had a hard time developing your shoulders, this exercise is going to be a lifesaver for you! Personally, shoulders are one of my WORST bodyparts. It’s tough to keep them strong…tough to get them bigger…and tough to really feel them working when I’m actually doing shoulder exercises!

But the first time I used this technique, it absolutely blew my mind. As soon as I finished the set, my shoulders felt like they were inflating! The blood was came rushing in and I knew I was on to something special…that RARELY happens to me with ANY shoulder exercises.

So what makes THIS exercise so special? You’re going to reach muscular failure TWICE within the same set. AND you’re going to do it with NO REST in between the two phases of the exercise. BAM BAM…one part right into the next.

But here’s the twist…it’s not a typical drop set in which you reduce the weight to achieve this! You’re going to use the SAME weight for both phases of the exercise.

The REAL key lies in the range of motion of each part of the exercise…

You see, when you do a normal barbell shoulder press, as you push the barbell up, you go through what is called a strength curve. In basic terms, it means at the bottom of the movement you are fairly strong. But as you press further (normally about 3 to 5 inches up in the movement) you hit a point where the leverage in your shoulders changes. The exercise gets a lot tougher.

This is called a sticking point – it’s basically the weakest point in the exercise. Another example of a sticking point is commonly seen in the bench press. If you were doing a bench press using a heavy weight, lowered the weight to your chest then started to press but couldn’t get past a certain point (a few inches above your chest), THAT is also a sticking point.

Bottom line, you can only lift as much weight as you can move through that WEAKEST point in the range of motion of an exercise. But OUTSIDE that sticking point, your muscles are stronger and can lift more weight!

The question becomes, how do we still do full range-of-motion lifting while putting greater tension on the muscles to maximize their strength in OTHER phases of the movement?

We’re going to break the movement into two distinct phases. On the first phase, you’re going to do FULL reps of the shoulder press. When you can’t do any more full reps, you’re going to do partial reps in ONLY the top, stronger half of the range of motion.

It’s a powerful technique and it’ll get your shoulders burning like crazy!

The key to geting the most out of this exercise is the setup…


How to Do It:

First, you’ll be doing this exercise in the power rack. While there IS a way to do it without being the rack (and it is still effective that way), the rack is going to allow you to really push your shoulders to the maximum.

Set the safety rails in the rack to just below shoulder height. You’re going to be doing a standing military barbell press for your shoulders, bringing to the front, of course! I NEVER recommend doing any behind-the-head shoulder pressing – it can cause shoulder damage.

For this exercise, start with a weight you can get at least 8 to 10 reps for. I would suggest doing 3 or 4 sets of this exercise in total for your shoulder workout.

Grip the bar with your pinkies or fourth fingers on the smooth rings of the Olympic bar. You need to take a narrower grip on the bar than with the bench press. The rails should be set so you have to bend your knees a bit to get under the bar. The bar should be held across your extreme upper chest.

Next, begin the pressing movement. Press the barbell up in front of your face then lockout at the top. When you do a military press, your knees should be slightly bent and abs tight to keep stress off the lower back.

Because of the path of the bar, you will be leaning back a little bit – it has to go in front of your face. But as soon as the bar clears your head, shift your torso forward so that the bar is DIRECTLY over your head. It almost resembles a bobbing-forward motion. This is a key point that a lot of people miss with the shoulder press. If you keep leaning back, it keep tension on the front delts and takes it off the rear delts.

Lower the weight slowly back to your chest then press again. Keep going until you can’t get the weight past the sticking point. Try and get it past the sticking point, though! We want to be sure you’re right at the limit.

When you’re done, set the bar back on the safety rails. And here’s the trick that’s going to set your shoulders on fire…keeping your hands locked onto the bar, drop down onto your knees under the bar. Now keep pressing in the partial top range of motion of the press!

Because the bar is now ABOVE the sticking point, your shoulders have better leverage and can continue with the exercise! Do as many reps as you can until you can’t even budge the bar. I prefer to set the weight down on the rails in between reps here but you can keep a continuous movement, if you want. Do it whichever way feels best to you.

By exploiting the top range of motion after fatiguing the muscles in the full range of motion, you’re going to finally be working the shoulders with FULL resistance in the whole range of motion.

When you’re done, stand up. Your shoulders will be swelling up any second now!

As I mentioned previously, there IS a way to perform this technique without a power rack.

First, perform the barbell shoulder press, just like above. Now, instead of doing reps until you can’t get past the sticking point, you’re going to have to stop a rep or two SHORT of that point of failure.

Basically, you’re going to have to complete that last rep to the TOP. When you’re at the top, now lower the bar only halfway down (just above where your sticking point normally is) then press it back up to the top.

Keep doing reps in this shortened range of motion until you can’t hold the bar up anymore!


Conclusion:

Give this exercise a try in your next shoulder workout. If you’ve got good shoulders, this will blow them up even more. If you’ve got poor shoulders, you’re going to be in for a treat!

To view pictures and videos of this technique in action, please click on the following link:

http://www.fitstep.com/Misc/Newsletter-archives/issue51-2phase.htm

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Nick Nilsson has a degree in Physical Education and Psychology and has been innovating new training techniques for more than 18 years. Nick is the author of a number of bodybuilding books including “Muscle Explosion! 28 Days To Maximum Mass”, “Metabolic Surge – Rapid Fat Loss,” “The Best Exercises You’ve Never Heard Of,” “Gluteus to the Maximus – Build a Bigger Butt NOW!” and “The Best Abdominal Exercises You’ve Never Heard Of”, all designed to maximize the results you get for the hard work you put into your training.

Be sure to grab your FREE copy of Nick’s 30-day “Dirty Little Secret Program for Building Muscle and Burning Fat FAST,” available at http://www.fitness-ebooks.com!

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KILLER ABS – Stability ball workout

www.g-muscle.com Gustavus Wyche, Washington DC, NASM Certified Personal Trainer.
In this video I demonstrate abs exercises using a stability ball.

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The “Super Abs” Workout

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How have I created an 8-pack with just 2-3 10 minute ab routines per week?

Watch the video and find out!

It’s all about variety, intensity, and pushing your limits. Give it a shot and you’ll see what I mean.

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In-Home Chest Exercises : How to Do a Flat Bench or Dumbbell Fly

Fly exercises work out the chest, whether you do them on a flat bench or with dumbbells. Learn how to strengthen the chest and pectorals with this free workout video.

Expert: Kyle Brayer
Bio: Kyle Brayer is a certified trainer and a sports conditioning specialist. He is also the owner of Epic Fitness and a former U.S. Marine.
Filmmaker: Dustin Daniels

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Soccer World Cup Abs Workout, Get Ripped Like Ronaldo

For Free Workouts and Advice on Six Pack Abs go to http://www.sixpackfactory.com. Want to get ripped like Ronaldo or Beckham, then you will love this workout. To celebarte the Soccer World Cup in South-Africa in 2010 Peter Carvell has designed a powerful yet simple abs workout to help you get ripped fast!

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michael lewis abs exercises

israeli male model fitness video doing abs exercise abdominal stomach workout instruction

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can doing ab work push out your stomach?

Hi,

I have been working massively hard on my body lately, and i have been doing alot of cardio as well as strength work. Im succesfully slimming down and am slowly seeing results.

However i saw on tv they were saying something about working out your abs pushs your stomach out or something like that. I want a flat stomach, i dont want to be muscly just toned, how do i achieve this. At the moment i do 4 different ab exersices, for 15 reps everyday.

cheers

Yes it can
not because of fat though
the muscle can stick out some
if it seems so to you then move down to maybe 10 reps each
but it really depends on how you think you look
maybe ask some friends
but it just all depends

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How long should i workout my abs in a regular workout session?

I do about 25-30 minute workout on my abs. Usually non stop and of course with different ab exercises. Is it too much? Good enough? Too little?

Try the lil Jack exercise plan…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKCGe2Ezris it really works

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Lower abs workout question?

How do I work out my lower abs?

Avoid crunches, these trigger upper abs.
Instead, lie on your back and put your hands behind your head, and have your knees bent facing upward, with your feet on the floor. Raise your left knee, at the same time pull your right elbow so it touches your knee. Do the opposite on your other side. Keep doing this :)

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