The steel club side push press is similar to the side clean, except you’ll finish the movement by locking out your arms at shoulder height. Another exercise where you should only use as little force as possible, the push press will teach you to accelerate and decelerate laterally which is an important skill for many types of sports.

Teaching Points

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Keep your core braced tight throughout the movement.
  3. Hinge the hips and grip the club by the neck.
  4. If you’re swinging the club to your left, position the club to the outside of your right foot.
  5. Laterally swing the club whilst powerfully driving the hips forward.
  6. As the club passes the front of the body at the bottom of the swing, charge your weight in the opposite direction to counter the weight.
  7. Note: It’s the hip drive back and forth that powers the club to move laterally, we’re not trying to swing the club through our shoulders.
  8. Some shoulder and thoracic rotation is ok when performing the two handed side swing.
  9. At the top of upswing quickly extend and lockout the elbow so you end in the side flag press position.  

Common Problems & Solutions

Error: Trying to swing the club with your arms.
Correction: This movement is a hip hinge with while you shift your weight laterally similar to the side swing, power the movement with your hips not your arms

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