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Correcting Common Landmine Press Mistakes (Video)

Written on December 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm, by Eric Cressey

I'm a huge fan of incorporating landmine press variations into strength training programs. These awesome exercises are great for building scapular upward rotation, core stability, upper body strength, thoracic mobility, and a whole lot more. Unfortunately, folks commonly struggle with technique with the landmine press, so I wanted to use today's video to cover how we coach these drills.

I devote a considerable amount of focus to the landmine press and its impact on scapular control in my new resource, Sturdy Shoulder Solutions. You can learn more at www.SturdyShoulders.com.

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11 Responses to “Correcting Common Landmine Press Mistakes (Video)”

  1. Ben Ludwig Says:

    Great video and instruction as usual. I do have a question about foot positioning though. Does it make a difference in terms of efficiency or safety if the feet are placed in a staggered stance instead of even, like he is in the video? Thanks for any feedback!

  2. Teri Skinner Chadwick Says:

    Excellent! I always learn so much from you, Eric! Thank you!

  3. gyffes Says:

    Fascinating. Given concerns you’ve mentioned before with excessive anterior rotation of the shoulder, it makes sense, but had I seen that being done at the gym I would’ve assumed the person did not know what they were doing (that is, that much body sway seems to be as appropriate as the movement in a kipping pullup). Greatly appreciate the education; thank you!

  4. Reilly Edwards Says:

    Ben, for the past year I’ve done these, and always with staggered stance. (Plus sometimes in half-kneeling.) I have LBP if my feet are in the same plane so I just stagger and the pain is gone.

    My advice: experiment with different stances, and just keep the weight low enough to prevent your lumbar from hyper-extending.

    You can lift the most weight standing with the back foot on same side as your push arm. Other option: there’s more multiple-plane resistance on your trunk if your back foot is the opposite side as your push arm. You get more X-pattern forces on the core. (Gray Cook is nodding approvingly if he is reading this. 🙂

    This ex rocks, I love it…it’s the only pushing I can do since I tore a supraspinatus.

  5. Ellen Escalante Says:

    This is awesome! I always wondered why I only felt it predominantly at the front of the shoulder. Thanks!!

  6. Jon-BethAnne Beyle Says:

    Hey Eric,
    For a shotputter (different release), would you make any adjustments at all with technique?

  7. Andy Vinakos Says:

    do you ever have your athletes do landmine push presses?

  8. Eric Cressey Says:


    Nope, we wouldn’t.

  9. Bonnie Says:

    Very helpful cues. I love your site and learn so much from you videos. Thank you!

  10. Shane Mclean Says:

    I”ve made each one of those mistakes…..thanks to this, now i will not. Thanks Eric

  11. Mark Says:

    When using a standard Olympic bar and landmine set up (as opposed to bar being wedged in a corner) I find that at the top of the lift, where advised to lean into the move, I have to lean almost 45o forward as I’m 6-ft tall. Would I be better to raise the bar off the floor to ‘make the bar longer’ due to my height? thanks

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