Barbell Shoulder Press

The Shoulder Press is a good exercise to improve Muscular Strength when performing this exercise you should aim for 2-5 sets of 6-8 repetitions with a weight of 70-80% of your maximum weight.

Body Part and Muscle Group
The Shoulder Press works the upper body with particular focus on the following muscles Trapezius, Deltoid and Tricep.

Joint Actions
The movement to perform the Shoulder Press involves Shoulder Abduction and Elbow Extension.



  • Following on from the Clean and Heave Press.
  • Bend your arms to approximately 90 degrees, lowering the bar carefully behind your head.
  • Push the bar up by straightening your arms and keeping your wrists rigid.

Progression: Add more weight, increase your reps, increase your sets or slow the exercise down.

Alternative: Dumbbell Shoulder Press.

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