Similar to a Shoulder Press, the Push Press gets it up with a hip “pop”; a slight dip and drive up to overhead lockout. According to strength coach Mark Rippetoe, you can get up to 30% more weight up with the help of the “dip and drive”.
I was pressed for time, (pun intended), and so I had a shortened warm-up and gave myself a max of two minutes between sets. For each lift, I made sure my feet were “nailed” to the floor, weight back on the heels and I maintained a tight core, a curve in the spine and a solid lockout at the top of the lift. I held my breath throughout the left and had a big exhale at the start of the lockout.
Here are the lifts, all x 3: 95/105/115/125/135/145/155. I had a little left for another increase in bar weight but opted out to save it for another day after a complete warm-up.
I will consider 155# my baseline 3RM for the Push Press.
After walking in the sand at Dog Beach for several hours, this was a good workout to do today. I had planned on the “Filthy Fifty”, but I did not have the mojo for that today!