Tip: Try 1.5 reps to break strict press plateaus

For me, the strict press is always one of the hardest exercises to get stronger at. I like to do 1.5 reps for these.

If you are stuck on your strict presses too, you could try lifting 1 and a half reps to help you move up in weight.

How to do it:

  • perform half a rep of the press (pressing bar from shoulders to half of full arm extension)
  • bring the bar back down to your shoulders
  • perform a full rep through the entire range of motion

This is “1.5” reps and counts as ‘one’ full rep. Perform these at the weight you are currently stuck at for the desired rep/set scheme. Check progress in a couple of weeks. See if it has helped you successfully break your strict press plateau.


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