How To Master The Military Press

Well, I’ve had an adventurous past few days.

I spent 11 hours in the Emergency Room with my wife on Sunday who was buckled over with severe abdominal pain.  After a blood test, ultrasound and CT Scan they couldn’t find anything.  They said it was probably really bad menstrual cramps and sent her home with a prescription for extra strong pain killers.

Menstrual cramps.

The woman who has 5 kids and delivered 3 of them without the use of any drugs or epidural.  Her pain threshold is likened by some to that of a secret agent in a Chinese prison!  C’mon man!

Anyway, we went to a naturopath the next day.  She said that the tightening in her neck was irritating her vagus nerve.  The vagus nerve is directly related to her digestive tract.  So, after a thorough assessment and some cranio-sacral massage techniques, THE PAIN WAS GONE.

Tack up another point for Alternative Medicine.

Then when we got home on Sunday night, the house smelt like sewage.  I went to the basement and it was flooded.  Brutal.

So I’ve been dealing with insurance, trades, plumbing, etc, etc.  I’ve had to move my home office to the kitchen (and if you’ve seen my kitchen, it ain’t sayin’ much).  

So with the smell of bacon in the background, I am writing this blog post….

How To Master The Military Press

The military press has always been one of my most difficult lifts.  It was all a result of lack of technique and not understanding how my ENTIRE BODY is involved in the lift itself.

Once I realized that I could channel all my muscles and create super-stiffness in my body through power breathing, it became easy.  I went from struggling getting the 24kg bell over my head to doing consistent reps with the 32kg!

In the video below, I outline for you some of my favorite tricks and cues (thanks, Rich!) that helped me…

 

 
Now, onto the sewer!  Have a great day!
 
Chris

9 Comments

  • Reply March 10, 2011

    mike briley

    Hi Chris, I’am glad your wife is doing better. I would like to run something by you. I know you are not a doctor how ever I would greatly appreciate any and all suggestions on my problem. I have been waiting to get started on a kettlebell workout program, however I have lower pack pain. something to do with the Sacroiliac Joint. I was hoping you had some kb exercises for my problem……thanks mike briley Rembrandt,Iowa

    • Reply March 10, 2011

      Chris Lopez, RKC

      @Mike – I’ve had some pretty bad SI joint issues in the past and my chiro here Toronto said it was a result of my hamstrings being too tight and my hips not being as mobile as they used to. I spent a good part of 2006 working both on hamstring flexibility and hip mobility and I haven’t had any SI joint pain since. Each case, however, is individual so I would take Rich’s advice (above) and seek out a chiro who specializes in sports injuries.

      My recommendation would still be to increase flexibility in your hamstrings, mobility in your hips and stability in your torso – mainly in your abs, obliques and low back.

      Chris

  • Reply March 10, 2011

    Robert Burns

    Similar experience with my back pains – though I’m 62, and it’s considered ‘normal’ to have squished disks. My conventional physicians didn’t blame it on female problems, though they probably would have if I weren’t male. But he prescription was MRI, then cortisone shots, maybe followed by surgery. Given my experience with cortisone — not good — and having friends my age crippled for life after surgery, I said no thanks, and looked for alternatives. I found Peter Egoscue’s book Pain Free and built my own supine groin progressive relaxation tower. Anyway, to cut a short story shorter, after a few days I was able to sleep again. After a week of the progressive and other Egoscue exercises, I’m back working out with weights again — except I’m going with kettlebells as I believe a lot of my pain was caused by both too much sitting AND unbalanced development with barbells and Smith machines. Thanks for the videos, btw. They been a big help in getting me up to speed. As good or better as the Mad Russian’s and no B.S.

    • Reply March 10, 2011

      Chris Lopez, RKC

      @Robert – What a great story and a great testament to you for not settling or accepting that you had to succumb to a sedentary lifestyle. Great job, man. I’m going to have to get a hold of that book. Thanks again for the words of inspiration, Robert.

  • Reply March 10, 2011

    Rich

    Chris,

    Excuse the correction but the word you wanted is cues not queues. A queue is aline of people.

    For those with sacroiliac problems I suggest a trip to a certified chiropractic sports physician.I am a retired one and dealt with the problem frequently in my practice.

    R. Hunt D.C. CCSP Minneapolis

    • Reply March 10, 2011

      Chris Lopez, RKC

      @Rich – Thanks so much for the correction and the SI joint advice.

  • Reply March 10, 2011

    melkon

    chris-great video!!i try to imagine i’m squeezing a sponge with my pressing side.also, i will slightly shift my weight to my hip on my pressing side

  • Reply March 11, 2011

    Joe Mottern

    Glad your wife doing better.

    Good info on military press.

  • Reply March 11, 2011

    Dustin

    My little trick to get my lats engaged in my KB MP is to actively fire the lat between the clean and the press… In other words, I clean the KB, then pull my elbow to the ground in a rather explosive flex, and transfer directly into the grind. For me this has been a strategy that forces shoulder stability at the beginning of each rep.

    Keep up the great posts!

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