elitefts.com™ Founder and CEO Dave Tate performs cage presses with the elitefts™ Swiss Press Bar and Fat Gripz™ Extreme. The cage press is beneficial to keep stress on the front delts while minimizing impact on the shoulders. Combining the advantages of a regular cage press with the neutral grip provided by the Swiss Press Bar, which minimizes sometimes problematic external rotation, in addition to the Fat Gripz™ Extremes, which reduce impact on the elbow and recruit more motor units, makes this exercise a great choice for maximizing hypertrophy while minimizing joint stress.

Dave Tate on the cage press:

"This isn’t your normal shoulder press because you’re not pressing back and over your head; you’re pressing forward and away. This will make it an easier movement for those who may be training around shoulder injuries. (Note: If you have a shoulder injury and this still hurts, don’t be a moron and keep doing it. Find something else to do.)

This isn’t a movement that you’ll need to go really heavy on. I like to prescribe multiple sets of 10 to 15 reps with this exercise. Stripping the rack also works very well for bench presses, close-grip bench presses, curls and extensions."


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