With a barbell held at shoulder height, from a fully standing position, press the weight overhead using only the arms and shoulders. Hip or knee extension is not allowed. Safe/efficient technique require the elbows to start just in front of the barbell and a hollow body position throughout the press. Also known as the "military press" and the "press".


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CrossFit Journal Articles

  • Spanish Press
    Maggie Dabe from CrossFit Fairfax is one of CrossFit HQ’s traveling seminar trainers. Originally from Ecuador, she explains our standard cues and faults for the press entirely in Spanish.
  • The Lifting Shoulder
    What should the shoulder's contribution to overhead lifting be? Should the shoulder remain fixed or should it elevate, moving toward the ear, during an overhead lift? These questions were recently raised on the CrossFit message board and found their way o
  • Coaches Prep Course: The Overhead Position
    A good overhead position is important to many of the CrossFit movements, and getting weight overhead the right way will ensure both optimal performance and safety. At a Coaches Prep Seminar at CrossFit Santa Cruz, HQ trainers Austin Begiebing, Adrian (
  • The Slow Lifts
    The slow lifts—the squat, the press, the deadlift and the bench press—form the basis of any effective program to improve strength, writes Mark Rippetoe, owner of The Wichita Falls Athletic Club and Crossfit Wichita Falls and co-author of Starting Stre
  • The Press
    The Press is the oldest barbell exercise in the gym but its value is underappreciated, Mark Rippetoe writes in part 3 of his series on the slow lifts.
  • On the Safety and Efficacy of Overhead Lifting
    This month we respond to the oft-heard conjecture that lifting overhead is inherently dangerous--i.e., that it is destructive of the shoulder. Conjecture, by definition, is required neither to comport with fact nor to offer testable proposition, and, as s
  • The Overhead Series - Part 1 The Press
    In this Part 1 The Press, Adrian Bozman explains the basics of performing the press correctly, including the role of midline stability. In this video, the press is taught primarily as a skill transfer exercise for the push press and the push jerk, which a
  • How to Teach the Press Progression
    Mark Rippetoe demonstrates how to teach the press progression with a woman who has never before done the lift. This footage is taken from a Basic Barbell Certification Seminar held on February 14, 2009 at CrossFit Brand X in Ramona, CA.
  • Overhead is Rising
    Coach Bill Starr is a legend in the strength and conditioning world. He was Mark Rippetoe's coach in the 70s, who has this to say about him. Bill Starr is the author of the books The Strongest Shall Survive: Strength Training for Football, Defying Grav
  • The Jolie Diaries: Correcting the Press
    Jolie Gentry from CrossFit One World won the 2007 CrossFit Games. She came in fifth in 2008, and she is a part of CrossFit HQ’s traveling Level 1 seminar team. In this clip from Jordan Gravatt of CrossFit by Overload, Jolie teaches the press to a sma

Olympic Lifting

Coach Burgener knows more about Olympic Lifting than anyone on this planet. If you want to improve your snatch and/or clean & jerk then you NEED to attend the CrossFit Specialty Course: Weightlifting. If you haven't heard of Coach B then you should slap yourself. Check out these CrossFit Journal articles for more info: The Burgener Warmup, The Stance, Clean & Jerk, Receiving The Bar, and Snatch Grip Position

Power Lifting

Improve your Deadlift, Bench Press and Backsquat with the CrossFit Specialty Course: Conjugate Methods. If Louie Simmons is good enough for the various NFL and NCAA football programs then he's good enough for you. Check out these CrossFit Journal articles for more info: Louie on the Conjugate System and Dynamic-Effort Day