Difference between military press and shoulder press

cncretecwbo

Semi-Pro
shoulder press is pretty much everything where you push a weight overhead using your shoulders only (meaning no leg drive.)

military press, i think, is feet together, standing.
a press is simply standing, you can have whatever foot position you want.

people generally put a modifying term before shoulder press like "standing" "seated" "dumbell" and so on.
 

Gmedlo

Professional
I think military is the proper term when the lift is done standing rather than seated but I've never quibbled over it.
That's what I've heard, but it doesn't really matter. After all, people call bent-knee goodmornings "squats", so you know there is much worse terminology confusion out there.
 

GPB

Professional
I thought the "military" or "shoulder" press wording referenced bringing the weight either in front of your head or behind the head.

But I could be wrong.
 

cncretecwbo

Semi-Pro
I thought the "military" or "shoulder" press wording referenced bringing the weight either in front of your head or behind the head.

But I could be wrong.
the press is part of one of the 3 original competitive lifts, the clean and press. all that it means is: barbell, standing, no leg drive.

as that wikipedia page said, the military press has the feet together. I assume this would make it harder since you would have a less stable base
 

purple-n-gold

Hall of Fame
I used to be an old school weight lifter and we called military's the seated exercise where you barbell pressed the weight behind your head. The contraption had a rack overhead and a place for a spotter to stand behind you.
I really don't promote this exercise because I injured myself trying to lift too much. Using dumbells is better IMO and don't require a spot if you don't lift too much or go to failure. Look up arnold press' and side laterals if you want some better exercises.
 

cncretecwbo

Semi-Pro
I used to be an old school weight lifter and we called military's the seated exercise where you barbell pressed the weight behind your head. The contraption had a rack overhead and a place for a spotter to stand behind you.
I really don't promote this exercise because I injured myself trying to lift too much. Using dumbells is better IMO and don't require a spot if you don't lift too much or go to failure. Look up arnold press' and side laterals if you want some better exercises.
or just do it standing... a lot harder to injure yourself
 
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