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    What's the main difference between shoulder press and military press?

    Which is better?
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    I believe shoulder is from above your shoulders/head to as far as you can go, whereas military press starts at the chest. Military press is much harder.
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    Originally Posted by charleyperkins View Post
    Which is better?
    Military press is by definition a standing exercise,with your heels together.It's a type of shoulder press,which there are many-seated,standing,BB,DB..

    Not one is generally better.People do what suits them and their current goals.See which one/s you like.
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    Originally Posted by ZoranM View Post
    Military press is by definition a standing exercise,with your heels together.It's a type of shoulder press,which there are many-seated,standing,BB,DB..

    Not one is generally better.People do what suits them and their current goals.See which one/s you like.
    I never knew this; I have heard people say Seated Barbell Military Press, Seated DB Military Press, are you sure that military press is by definition is a standing exercise? I am not calling you out or anything, just curious.
    "I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing." -Socrates

    Everything I post is my opinion based on a relatively respectable education and a good amount of time in the weight room. If we disagree, so be it, let's have some intelligent debate.


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    Originally Posted by ZoranM View Post
    Military press is by definition a standing exercise,with your heels together.It's a type of shoulder press,which there are many-seated,standing,BB,DB..
    Military press can be done seated. The machine is called a "seated military press" for a reason.
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    Originally Posted by ironrat42 View Post
    I never knew this; I have heard people say Seated Barbell Military Press, Seated DB Military Press, are you sure that military press is by definition is a standing exercise? I am not calling you out or anything, just curious.
    Yes.But the names are not that relevant, would you agree?Different sites,different sources,different names.Time does it's thing.
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    I'm gonna do this crazy action today:

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    Originally Posted by ZoranM View Post
    Yes.But the names are not that relevant, would you agree?Different sites,different sources,different names.Time does it's thing.
    Yes correct! I do my MP seated but a MP is standing and a BB shoulder press is seated. When bbers are talking about the MP it's the seated version usually & PLers refer to the MP as the standing version.
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    Military press: heels clicked, standing up. There is no other version of a military press.
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    Originally Posted by nungman View Post
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    Military press: heels clicked, standing up. There is no other version of a military press.
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercise...military-press
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    Military press is heals together like you are at attention. That is why they are called military presses. Everyone says they do military presses, but I have yet to meet a person that actually does them. What you want to do is the olympic or strict press.

    The olympic or strict overhead press starts with the bar resting on your shoulders with your hands right at or slightly closer than shoulder width and your legs locked and shoulder with apart and core rigid.
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    I prefer Standing military Press over seated... mainly because i feel its such a great strength builder both for upper body and core... when you're able to throw up a decent amount of weight

    Every now and then i rotate Seated dumbell Press's and its amazing how much easier it is after acquiring strength from MP's
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    wrong. Shoulder and military became somewhat interchangeable in gym speak, but the military press is standing with feet together. It was named that for the reason that you were standing with feet together.
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    Machines called seated military press are NOT called that for a reason. Machines aren't often designed well, even those that are may have silly names.

    Military may be used interchangeably because more people recognize it, but the only true military press is standing at attention with proper posture, heels together, at attention.

    I'm not sure if there are rules in regard to how far down the weight has to come, how high, what tempo, or what you need to lift (bar/dumb/kettle), haven't heard of any other stipulations.

    What makes a military press a different variation compared to seated or even shoulder-width standing is that it is more difficult to balance since when you have your legs together, your center of gravity is higher and you have a narrower base of support to balance over.

    Although... wouldn't it be even harder if you had the entire foot together? I guess they didn't want it to be too unbalanced so that people could still lift some decent weight (like not balancing on 1 leg) to keep it press-focused and not balance-predominant.
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