You wouldn’t want to use a log-pressing technique at a Level 1 Cert when the push press rolls around.
Similarly, a vertical torso in the strongman event of log pressing won’t help you move the giant weight overhead, so you actually have to lean back when you dip in preparation for a powerful drive. It’s certainly not the most ideal way to get a barbell overhead, but it’s the best way to move an awkward log.
“A lot of this stuff is going to put you in a bad position,” says Kurtis Bowler of Rainier CrossFit as he teaches an athlete how to get under a strongman log.
When Bowler’s athlete attacks the log herself, it consistently keeps rolling away from her during the drive because she’s been trained to dip and drive vertically. Once she corrects the angle of the dip by leaning way back, the log goes overhead.
Lesson learned: when going overhead, always keep any weight over your centre of gravity.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 87, originally aired Oct. 2, 2009.