History

The Two-Arm Press: One Of The Eight Standard Lifts – Strength Magazine – May, 1916

In the first place, the word “Press” in lifting means that the bar-bell or dumbbell is raised in a slow and steady motion, and usually by the strength of the arms alone. When a bell is raised rapidly it is called either a “Jerk,” or a “Snatch,” or a “Swing,” according to the style of the lift. A “push” may be half way between a quick lift and a slow lift, but a Press is always slow and steady.

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