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Overhead press test


One of several measure of upper body strength, the overhead press test focuses on the shoulder muscles in particular.

What is the point?

Strength is a key component in many sports, so it is crucial that you can regularly measure and compare results. The overhead press test is a god measure of upper body strength, particularly of the shoulders, crucial in sports such as basketball, rugby and American Football.

What do you need?

  • Universal overhead press station (or similar)
  • A range of free weights
  • An assistant/spotter
Some athletes may also like to wear a supportive lumbar lifting belt.

How do you do the test?

  • Warm-up thoroughly
  • Begin by lifting a weight that you believe is close to your maximum - initial resistance should be about 33% of male body weight and 25% of female body weight.
  • Each time you perform a successful lift, rest for 3-5 minutes, then increase the weight by 2 to 5 kg for the next lift.
  • Continue until the maximum lift is achieved.

What results you'll get :

Results are analysed by comparing them with the results of previous assessments. Performed regularly, this will allow you to measure the progress and effectiveness of your strength training.

What is being measured again?

This is an effective way to assess upper body strength, particularly of the shoulders.




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