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Log Lift Exercise Guide (Step-by-Step)

Updated: Jul 22, 2021

The log lift, also known as the log clean and press, is similar to the barbell overhead press except using a log, a type of strongman-style equipment!

Similarly to the other olympic style shoulder exercises, the log lift will improve overall strength and size, it will also build up power and brute force.

To see more shoulder exercises click here.

log lift exercise

The Log Lift Exercise Instructions:

Target Muscle: Shoulders

Exercise Type: Olympic

Follow the instructions listed below for an olympic and strongman-style shoulder exercise, this is a great exercise to add to your power building program, remember training for strength is a vital part of training for size as said in my ultimate muscle building guide.

  1. Begin by standing normally with the log in front of you, grab the handles, and begin to clean the log as you would normally clean a barbell.

  2. As you are bent over to start the clean, try to get the log as high as you possibly can get it, pulling it towards your chest like you do with a row. Extend through your hips and your knees to bring it up to complete the clean.

  3. Bring your head backwards and look up, this should create a sort of "shelf" on your chest for you to rest the log on.

  4. Start pressing the log by dipping your body slightly, flexing through your knees and reversing the motion. This push press will generate momentum to start moving the log vertically.

  5. Continue by extending through your elbows to press the log above your head.

  6. As the log is being pressed, ensure that you push your head forward and through your arms on each repetition, looking forward.

  7. Repeat this as many times as you want.

  8. When you have finished the reps, carefully control the log as you return it to the ground.

Additional Variations: You can do this same exercise with a barbell or similar equipment.

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