Thanks for the thoughts.
I have a relatively wide back and shoulders, with long skinny arms.
I use LifelineUSA cables and the start of the Back Press is substantially under tension.
That may be why I observe this, in addition to my focus on overhead pressing in the past (barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, handstand pushups, etc. If it existed, I tried to lift it over my head).
I will evaluate the use of the Back Press. Due to the angle of the arms, it seems to be useful in doing pressing movements like one arm pushups.
Brad Reid wrote:Do
recall, first, that a Back Press is a two arm motion so that each hand
(arm) as it is extended toward a total lockout has to absorb the added
elastic tension developing from the other hand moving away from it in
the opposite direction. By contrast, a One Arm Press finds the opposing
hand "anchored" to an immovable spot, the hip, and the ultimate stretch
is not quite as great.
With cables, those extra few inches of stretch are the most resistant.
So, in a back press, each arm is exposed to the same much greater resistance owing to the added length of the stretch.
Think about it a bit and you'll get the logic here.
do not think the ending position of the BP is much different in length
than the OAP, but I see where the two arms pushing (especially with my
short cables) away from each other would be significant. Thanks.
I think I enjoy overhead pressing to the extent I do not really realize
how much focus I have put into it over the years. I do not think this
leads to an "imbalance" per se, but it would explain why there is such a
The BP is more comfortable to do,
as the "holding" arm in the OAP is under a lot of tension and I am not
comfortable with that for high volume. That is how I sprained my elbow a
while back. The holding arm twisted under tension.
I will get some iron, some dumbbells (I prefer one arm lifting
overhead), then I could use them to add weight to pullups too. Then I
could focus on the BP.