Wednesday 110803

Three rounds for time:

50 AbMat sit-ups
10 Sotts presses, 75#/55#

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Addressing Your Pitfalls in the Sotts Press

The Sotts press is a movement that punishes poor flexibility.  It requires solid body positioning in the bottom of a squat, especially an upright torso.  This position translates into dozens of movements ranging from a front squat to a snatch, but is magnified in the Sotts press because of the actual press.  

If you find that when you perform this movement you are unable to keep your eyes and chest up while in the bottom of the squat, it's worthwhile to begin addressing the reasons why you are incapable.  Is it because you have a lack of strength in your midsection, your abdomen, obliques, and erectors?  Or is it because your psoas, one of the hip flexors that runs from your lumbar spine to your femurs, is soooo tight that it pulls your chest down? Or is it potentially a lack of flexibility in your overhead position that prevents you from performing this movment easily?

Whatever the case may be, don't blame the press for your inability to enjoy this delightful movement… try to figure out what's preventing your smile from shining through. Chances are, if you address your pitfalls in the Sotts press, you'll enjoy other overhead movments more as well. It's a constant struggle to improve at your weaknesses – don't ever give up!


  1. Ben :


  2. John :

    I always chafe the top of my arse on these ab mat situp workouts. What’s the proper method to prevent this uncomfortable phenomenon? I remember Matt saying something about it once, but I obviously missed the point.

  3. Phil :

    What about if it’s the entire 2nd paragraph??? MWOD, that’s what’s up.

  4. Dan Watson :

    Hey all- A few of us are planning on competing in the CO CF Open @ FRCF 8/27 & 8/28. Registration is full, but I just emailed Skip @ FRCF & he added me to the competition. If you’re interested in competing, I’d suggest sending an email ASAP:

  5. Erin :

    I’ll do the Masters! 🙂

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