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Barbell Shoulder Press


Barbell Shoulder Press

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Barbell Shoulder Press

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Exercise Details

Main Muscle Group : Shoulders

Detailed Muscle Group : Delts

Other Muscle Groups : Triceps , Chest

Type : Strength

Mechanics : Compound

Equipment : Barbell

Difficulty : Intermediate

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How To Perform Exercise

The Barbell Shoulder Press primarily works on the deltoid muscle of the shoulders but also brings the surrounding muscles into play.

Steps :

1.) Start off by sitting on a bench with your toes pointing forward, keeping your back straight and your abs tight.

2.) Grab the barbell with an overhand grip and keep your hands shoulder-width apart.

3.) When bringing the barbell down towards your body, make sure that it is in line with your chin, hold for a count then push back upward over your head by extending your arms.

4.) When reaching the position above your head, pause and hold for a count, then return back to the starting position.

Tips :

1.) If you are experiencing any shoulder pain, then you should not perform this exercise.

2.) While performing this exercise, make sure that you do not hyperextend your back.

3.) If you lean forward while in motion, use a lighter weight as you might injure your back.

4.) You can also perform this exercise with dumbbells.