Mark Rippetoe demonstrates how to teach the press progression with a woman who has never before done the lift. This footage is taken from a Basic Barbell Certification Seminar held on February 14, 2009 at CrossFit Brand X in Ramona, CA.
Since there is no unweighted version of the press progression, coaches should have their trainees start with light weights. The thumbs should always be around the bar. A common mistake is to bring the bar over the front of the head instead of where it belongs: over the shoulders. There should be a vertical relationship between the bar and the scapula.
Coaches should activate lifters’ shoulders by pulling them up into a shrug. They should teach their trainees to move the bar up in a straight line and then get under it.
Weak abs can result in missed presses at heavier weights. It’s something many people need to work on.