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41 BOXLIFEMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2014 HOW TO DO IT e first repetition is to be performed as a push press. is is because the weight you'll be using will be heavier than you can typically strict press for reps. Once you have the bar overhead, bring the barbell down to your forehead then press it back up. Continue strict presses from the forehead to complete extension for reps. WHY IT WORKS Partial reps have been around as long as weightliing itself. e point is to strengthen specific weak points in a movement that prevent you from accomplishing other movements. For example, many powerliers who struggle to lock out bench presses will place boards on their chest and perform board presses (lowering the barbell to the board rather than the chest) with more weight than they can usually move in order to strengthen that section of the movement. Since strict pressing your own bodyweight is something you can only expect from more advanced athletes, this feat isn't necessary to perform HSPUs. In the handstand push-up, the range of motion ends at the head, so we're simulating that same range of motion with a barbell. By only lowering the barbell to the head, you are making the li more specific to HSPUs. Since you'll be able to use more weight this way, you'll get stronger at the handstand push-up in a shorter amount of time. However, this is not a replacement for your standard overhead work. TOP HALF STRICT PRESS Think you've mastered the strict handstand push-up? Give workouts these workouts a try: STRICT JT 21-15 -9 reps of: Strict handstand push-ups Ring dips Push-ups STRICT DIANE 21-15-9 reps of: Deadlifts (225,185) Strict handstand push-ups STRICT MARY 20 minute AMRAP: 5 Strict handstand push-ups 10 1-legged squats, alternating legs 15 Pull-ups STRICT NATE 20 minute AMRAP: 2 Muscle-ups 4 Strict handstand push-ups 8 2-Pood kettlebell swings

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