Archives For military press


  • 340lbs: 5,5,5,5,5

Over Head Press

  • 175lbs: 5,5,5,4,3
    • Power cleaned the bar in position
    • Shoulders gassed out on the last 2 sets

Power Clean

  • 197.5lbs: 3,3,3,3,3

Front Squats

  • 200lbs: 5,5,5
    • Power cleaned the bar in position for the front squat

Over Head Press

  • 172.5lbs: 5,5,5
    • Power cleaned the bar

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In other news...



I experimented with power cleaning the bar for over head press and front squats this week.

I felt way more explosive doing the press & front squat AFTER I cleaned the bar as opposed to lifting it off the rack. It actually felt a lot easier. And for a couple of days, my traps were sore as hell.

I got this idea from Zach Even-Esh's blog. He wrote:

I remember when I trained at Diamond Gym & began power cleaning the bar from the ground before every set of military presses and my back, traps, shoulders and arms got seriously THICK in a very short time period.

That sound's like a pretty damn good idea! It also seems like a manlier way to lift weights.

Cleaning the Bar for the Front Squat


front squat

Elbows Pointed Forward

For the front squat, getting the bar in position is the same as a regular power clean. ie. the bar will be racked on your front deltoids with your elbows raised & pointed forward.

Cleaning the Bar for the Over Head Press

Cleaning the bar to press

Elbows Pointed Down

Cleaning the bar for the over head press is different compared to cleaning the bar for the front squat (at least for me). My press my grip is wider than I normally use for power cleans, so I needed to clean the bar with a wider grip.

Also, because I'm pressing it up, I don't rack with my elbows up. I rack it with my elbows down, and I'm in a position where I'm ready to press the bar over my head.

It looks something like this (note this is not me; it's some strong dude from Singapore):

I won't be cleaning the bar for overhead presses during intensity days (where I try to hit a 1,2 or 3 rep max). But for volume (5x5) & recover days (3x5) I will.

Anyways, enough about cleaning and check out these links:

Keep lifting, keep progressing & have a great weekend!



Power Clean

  • 165.5lbs: 3,3,3,3,3


  • 320.5lbs: 5,5,5,5

Military Press

  • 165lbs: 5,5,5,3


  • Tried out a new gym today. It's about a 10 minute walk away, nice and quiet, 3 power racks, no kids, and even a heavy bag.
  • Stamina still feels low, but I'm easing back into it. Last week did 3 sets of squats, this week 4 sets so next week I'll bump it up to 5 sets (Texas Method calls for 5 sets of 5 reps on volume days)