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Military Press and Lower Back Pain

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Free Workout Program: http://full.sc/19cNIdo Shoulder Workout Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX-NdurD238 If you have a pre-existing lower back injury, than chances are you probably have trouble doing overhead lifts like the standing military press. Whenever you press a weight overhead this not only places strain on the spine, but it places a lot of work on the core and lower back as stabilizing and supporting muscles. I received a question from one of my followers asking for advice about how to perform the military press with out causing lower back pain. ========================= Cory Fowler wrote: "Lee, I have a question about the military press. I've had lower back issues for a long time, and my doc suggested to me recently that when I do my mil press to not bring the bar all the way down to the front of my chest. He said it would be better for my back if I just brought the bar to my eyes and back up. Forgetting what it may or may not do for my back, is that an acceptable mil press rep? Is the rom too short? Does it change how it affects the muscles? Thank you!" ========================= The bottom line when it comes to exercises that cause any sort of pain or discomfort is DON'T DO THEM. Find another exercise alternative to do instead. There are dozens of different exercise variations that you can choose from. You don't have to limit yourself to doing exercises that cause you pain or aggravate an old injury. In the case of military presses, choose another shoulder press variation such as a seated shoulder press, seated dumbbell press, or some sort of machine shoulder press exercise. One of my favorite shoulder press variations is the seated shoulder press power rack lockout. This one will overload the muscles by working in your strongest range of motion. But your back is supported by an upright bench the entire time. You can see a full shoulder workout video with this exercise at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX-NdurD238