Sunday, 13 May 2012

Exercise Technique Series - The Sandbag Overhead Press

The Sandbag Overhead Press is another key movement found in many different programmes like Crossfit, Starting Strength and Wendler 5-3-1. Again, we perform it with few changes - except for the additional challenge of having to stabilise the bag overhead and the different grips needed.


  • Start with the sandbag at chest/shoulder height - as in a front squat 
  • Without additional help from the legs, press the sandbag upwards and above the head 
  • The arms should go to full extension 
  • The head should be slightly in front of the arms at this point of full extension 
  • Stay in neutral spine throughout 
  • Return to the starting position and repeat 


  • See ‘Sandbag Push Press’ 
  • See ‘Sandbag Push Jerk’

All images and text taken from The Complete Guide To Sandbag Training (available on Kindle and All Other Formats)

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