Guillotine Press - worth risking your neck?

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    Feb 14, 2013 3:10 AM GMT
    Howdy Folks

    What are your thoughts in relation to doing a barbell guillotine press for a different chest exercise... naturally with lighter weights.

    Is it bad for your shoulders?
    Is it a good mix in exercise?
    Anyone have any success with it?


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    Feb 14, 2013 3:15 AM GMT
    This is the first time I've heard of it. Did some Googling.. looks dangerous. Particularly looks bad for your shoulders. But if you're getting some benefit from it, then I guess it's ok.
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    Feb 14, 2013 3:20 AM GMT
    The jury is still out. Try it for yourself and tell us what your experience was.
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    Feb 14, 2013 3:23 AM GMT
    I have never heard of it either until now, I wouldn't do it. I would imagine you can hit the same area with dumbbells.
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    Feb 14, 2013 6:50 AM GMT
    Alrighty then, I went and tried the guillotine press on the Smith Machine, which I figured was a bit safer than using a bench.

    Let's just say I can feel muscles have been worked which I didn't even know I had, right at the top of my chest down to mid-pec level. This exercise really does work your muscles in a different way.

    I think the key is to use lighter weights, I dropped about 25% of what I normally press. I can see if you're not very conscious of your form you could bugger up your shoulders pretty easily...

    I'm thinking I'll chuck a guillotine press into my routine every now and then to mix things up.
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    Feb 14, 2013 7:32 AM GMT
    Oh icon_neutral.gif

    I was imagining a small publishing house that prints bellerophonic letters and such.
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    Feb 14, 2013 10:35 PM GMT
    Done it with my personal trainer before, but I wouldn't want to do it without being spotted by someone I trusted.

    Something else we did that I found really worked the underside of the pec was a barbell chest press with a very wide supinated grip. Once again you need a good spotter and I had to reduce my normal weight by at least 50%. It was good though.
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    Feb 14, 2013 10:45 PM GMT
    It's how I damaged my rotator cuff, but your call...
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    Feb 14, 2013 10:56 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidOh icon_neutral.gif

    I was imagining a small publishing house that prints bellerophonic letters and such.


    Haha that was my first reaction too!
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    Feb 15, 2013 7:30 AM GMT
    Medjai saidIt's how I damaged my rotator cuff, but your call...


    Thanks for the heads up, that's one thing I have to be really careful with since breaking my shoulder a few years back...
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    Feb 15, 2013 7:30 AM GMT
    bus9ja2d saidDone it with my personal trainer before, but I wouldn't want to do it without being spotted by someone I trusted.

    Something else we did that I found really worked the underside of the pec was a barbell chest press with a very wide supinated grip. Once again you need a good spotter and I had to reduce my normal weight by at least 50%. It was good though.


    Thanks for the tips.
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    Feb 15, 2013 7:32 AM GMT
    WestAussieGuy said
    Medjai saidIt's how I damaged my rotator cuff, but your call...


    Thanks for the heads up, that's one thing I have to be really careful with since breaking my shoulder a few years back...


    If you're going to do it, make sure you warm up the shoulder really well, and have a spotter. If it tweaks at all, stop. Took me months to heal, and I was lucky.