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Over Head Press…The Good, Bad and The Ugly

The overhead press is a great upper body strength exercise. Like the push-up, which will be discussed in next weeks video, the overhead press done incorrectly, can be potentially dangerous. The most common compensation mechanism while performing the overhead press, is arching the low back. This happens because you may be lacking the mobility in the upper back and shoulders to safely perform the overhead press. For more information, please refer to our mobility vs stability video series.

About the Author: Eric Noyes BHSc (Kin), CSEP-CPT

Eric is Kinesiology Graduate from The University of Ontario and holds his Training Certification with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. He has been training general population and sport specific clients at Body Fit since 2013 and is currently the Lead Trainer. He can be reached at for advice and consultation


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