Over Head Press Vs Seated Barbell Press

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  1. Simon90

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    Who prefers what?
    Just started standing ohp again, My seated barbell press is much stronger than my overhead press which I was surprised by.
    Which are you stronger on? What do you prefer.
    I do my seated barbell press on a very slight Incline as opposed to fully upright I'm guessing that's why it's a stronger lift
     
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  2. Greedy Ben

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    I prefer standing but I'll arch back to use lats like you prob are on a slight incline.
    Sitting on a flat bench is good but makes it a lot harder with less weight.
    I avoid it mainly as it eats into my bench recovery.
     
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  3. Richard Dick

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    From strongest to weakest: seated on bench with backrest > standing > seated on bench with no backrest > sitting on the floor
     
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  4. Big Balls

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    See no need for any overhead press especially if doing incline press. Doing it on a steep angled bench is similar so will it really make a huge difference in your delt development? How are your rear delts?
     
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    With incline press I feel zero involvement of my front delt. With overhead press I feel my delts are fully engaged so I can’t see how I could neglect shoulder pressing and just base front delt development on benching. Progress would be minimal.
     
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  6. mal

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    Since doing mill press i get no shoulder and neck problems, u cant use as much weight but i find the load etc on delts much better, plus its hitting loads of othe muscle groups at the same time.
    The lateral head is also recruited at a high percentage too doing recent research
     
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  7. AnimalLifter

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    Arch too much and it becomes a Bench press hahaha
     
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  8. G-G

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    Never got along with seated overhead with a bar, dumbbells or smith is sound but free bar is just a horror show.
     
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  9. Rob O’tren

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    When I do mill press I keep my core tense, squeeze my glutes and keep it strict with no arching of my back. Pretty much the same with seated. Sometimes I’ll cheat with a little push press when standing if I’ve upped the weight but I’d rather keep it strict.
     
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  10. Big Balls

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    If you like it..do it
    Lateral raises are fine for me.
     
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  11. Mr mac

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    Simon if it’s for hypertrophy I think the seated smith is a better option. Don’t have to worry about control and can keep a smooth steady pace. Standing I think you start to naturally involve other body parts to assist you
     
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  12. AnimalLifter

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    IMHO.

    OHP = Good for stabilizing a weight, uses legs and back.

    Seated Press = Doesn't use the legs but puts more focus on the arms and shoulders (coz dumbells)
     
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  13. Rob O’tren

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    Are you training tonight Lee? 2hr midnight arm session
     
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  14. AnimalLifter

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    yer i fancy a sesh... 1 hour... maybe 2 or even 311!! but depends on how well i repaired from last time... iv had my couple days rest
     
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  15. Rob O’tren

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    Hit it big boy!
     
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