Joe Westerlin, owner and head coach at CrossFit Omaha, leads a group class on the push press, correcting a multitude of errors along the way.
Joe begins by cautioning against positioning the elbows behind the bar. This can quickly lead to problems, including an arched back and the inability get the bar over the midline.
Joe goes on to correct an athlete whose chest is falling forward. The movement should be straight up and down, with the hips popping open on the dip. “As soon as your hips open up and you get that bar about two inches above your forehead, I want you getting your torso under the bar,” Joe says. The shoulder should be in line with the hip, not way out in front.
Joe points out that about half the class is doing the wrong thing with their heads: just tilting it back. The correct movement is to move the torso and pull the head back, a bit like what a tortoise does.