Coaching Tips: Midline Stabilization

Coach Jen offers a tip in maintaining a stable midline during an overhead press.  To view today’s Tip and many others, be sure to follow us on social media on FaceBook and Instagram.

During the overhead press, some tend to overextend the spine, push the rib cage through or even tilt the pelvis.  In the photo below, you can see the difference between a stable midline (left) and an overextended spine/anterior pelvic tilt (right).

Prioritize midline stabilization from the starting front rack position.

  • Core tight
  • ribcage down
  • squeeze the Glutes
  • Pull head back and out of the bar’s pathway and press into the overhead position
  • Head back in neutral position
  • Lock out the elbows.

There are different reasons for this issue to occur.  If this tip fails to fix this for you, talk to one of your coaches to identify

the problem.  Grab an empty barbell or PVC, and give this a try!

Remember, we should be able to draw a straight line from barbell to mid-foot at all times.



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