Hey, guys, quick question for everyone. I would like to integrate some behind the neck pressing movements into my training (specifically the back squat to press). My press has never been all that great, but I have a decent squat, so the force I can put behind the bar is relatively high in a back squat. I performed a few warm-ups tonight and put 65kg (for a light 3x5) on the bar just as a test drive. The weight went up easily, but the problems started during the eccentric part of the press. Too slow a descent caused intense pressure on my shoulders, while too fast a descent caused a few shots to my spinal column. After dropping a rep on my C7, I called it quits and finished my working sets with push press.
My question to everyone: what are some tips for catching a behind the neck press more smoothly? Is there something I can set up that allows me to squat but drop the weights after the press (some jerk box configuration perhaps)? Or am I just going to have to learn the hard way? I definitely don't want to drop the weight to the ground each rep, but I also don't want to paralyze myself from a particularly hard shot to my spinal column (:P). I know there will undoubtedly be people thinking "grow your traps" and "just do push press, behind the neck stuff is bad for your shoulders," but I'd appreciate it if we could avoid those posts.
Thanks for your input, guys!