In our programming we use overhead pressing far more than any bench press or chest press. What we know is that many adults lack overhead range of motion. We also know that many adults have shoulder pain/injuries. The process is after high school (sports usually), our life has been pretty much engineered to never need to reach overhead. Outside of the occasional reaching to get or put something up on a high shelf or in the attic space, we really don’t use a good overhead reaching motion.
By neglecting this motion, we lose the flexibility and strength required to do so.
As we age, the shoulder will just get more and more stiff. Then one day, maybe we really need that shoulder to do some work. Maybe a dog yanks your arm, or a child/grandchild wants tossed up in the air. All of a sudden your arm is jerked into a spot that it doesn’t want to be in, and you’ve got a torn rotator cuff. Now you’re looking at surgery, or at least a lifetime of limited ability and probably pain.
Our approach to programming is that we want to gain and then maintain the flexibility to do overhead pressing.
Once we’ve achieved that, we press weights overhead to gain strength through that full range of motion. Over time we hope to get stronger and stronger, as with all of our programming, so that the strength and mobility will last much longer into adulthood. The stronger you can be when you’re younger, as long as you continue to practice that strength, you’ll retain more of your strength and mobility later in life.