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  1. Justin
    March 10, 2009

    The handstand push ups are great! They also require an engaged core, proprioception, and upper body strength similar to the overhead press. For an even greater challenge they can be performed on parallel bars or even rings. The inversion of handstand push ups is also beneficial. Inversion allows oxygen rich blood to easily flow through the open vein valves. This blood floods the brain for an energy boost. Inversion is also beneficial for your lymphatic and circulatory systems.

  2. Miguel
    March 28, 2009

    This exercise is I do for 3 months and I successfully created my shoulder beautiful form

  3. The Fit News
    July 9, 2009

    I love militaries. You’re absolutely right about using abs to make it safer. If you have slack abs you’ll end up bending too far backwards and injuring your spine!

    However, I still think Arnold Press is better for shoulder strength. (Seated dumbell pronating press I think the technical name is)

    It must be something to do with the fact that you need to stabilize the dumbell as you press it. They tend to give me better gains, better pump, better definition, etc.

  4. The Fit News
    July 9, 2009

    Seated dumbell pronating shoulder press***

  5. SemperFit
    December 15, 2009

    Since I often find myself in the position of not having any equipment at all, I rely and heavily practice BW workouts instead.

    My substitute for the Mil Presses? Pike Pushups and Divebomber pushups. Make ’em harder or lighter by changing the angles or the limbs. High reps, low reps, no matter. Just don’t go heavy everyday, as they can tax you just as hard as weighted drills.

  6. SemperFit
    December 15, 2009

    I forgot to add that they tax the core very nicely when you hold ’em statically/isometrically, when you hold them nice and hard between reps.

    The divebomber pushups specifically, when you do them on one leg. I believe they call those scorpion pushups?

  7. Leonid
    January 9, 2010

    Hi, Rusty.
    This post is just all about what I have been doing for a long time now! It is exactly the way I do it – and it feels so functional lifting it from the floor: sort of deadlift – hang clean – static holding – press up – static holding – slow lowering – static holding and so on. And it works biceps too very well when doing static holding in the beginning of the press up movement. It is this exercise along with the bench press and squats that saw me gain 35 pounds of muscle mass in 10 month (from 126 pounds to 161) (HIT training once a week or two for 15-20 minutes a week).
    Now I want to get lean and toned athlete look and gain relative strength and your site helps a lot! Thanks!

  8. Pat
    March 8, 2010

    Hi,Rusty.
    I’ve been reading your site a year now and i’m a very very big fan of your strength traning advice(..that “mind to muscle link” post is awsome).
    I’ll ask you a big favor 😀
    Please make another post about exercises for shoulders that aproach Dwight Howard’s type of shoulders(for example) and not the type of shoulders that look like a pencil’s head.
    Don’t you think that too that square shaped shoulders and upper back are cooler than triangle shaped(like John Barbans – no offense,just an example)??
    Pleaaaaase post something =)
    Thanks for your attention.

  9. Darren
    May 22, 2010

    Great post. I was beginning to think I get more gains, and more of an effective shoulder workout from standing presses than seated, and you’ve confired my reasoning.

    Great one!

    Regards.

    Darren.
    London.

  10. FOOTBALL MAN
    January 1, 2011

    When I was playing football in college, I made great increases in strenth doing military presses. It is one of the best lifts to do.

  11. Esso
    November 16, 2011

    I somehow pulled something in my back doing a standing military press. Not sure how that works. I can feel the pull when I touch my chin to my chest. It was at the end of my lifting routine so I probably went too heavy.

    I think I need to lay off this move for a while. Can you suggest a replacement move while I give this muscle a rest? I was think maybe a front dumbbell raise.

  12. ken
    December 28, 2011

    I like this article but it’s important to advocate variety in lifting. Sure standing military presses are good….but not as good as mixing them up with seated presses…seated barbell…seated dumbbell etc. Point being that muscles adapt quickly. Maybe the increased definition and strength you found was not coming from the standing aspect of the lift but instead coming from shocking your system and making your body adjust to a new lift.

  13. Muhammad
    September 3, 2012

    Excellent article, indeed! This is the best article I read on this lift. Thank you.

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