In this clip from Jordan Gravatt of CrossFit by Overload, Jolie teaches the press to a small group of Level 1 participants at the CrossFit certification seminar at CrossFit San Diego on Saturday, February 28, 2009.
The press is taught in the L1 certs as a skill transfer exercise for the push press and the push jerk, which are much more powerful and functional movements. The techniques shown are thus more relevant to building success in the jerk than they are in maximizing one’s standing press, say for the CrossFit Total. In order to maximize a one rep max on the press, a wider stance and slight horizontal hip whip can be very effective. These two practices, though, are counterproductive for the push press and jerk.