Barbell Shoulder Press / Overhead Press
- Place a bench with a back support inside a squat rack and set up a barbell at a height that is just above your head.
- Grip the barbell with an overhand grip.
- Space your hands out so that your elbows are bent at 90 degrees.
- Lift the bar to around shoulder level by extending your arms. This is the start position.
- Inhaling, lower the bar to your shoulders slowly.
- Hold for a count of one while squeezing your shoulder muscles.
- Push the barbell back to the start position as you exhaling as you do so..
- Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.
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Barbell shoulder press / overhead press is a gym work out exercise that targets shoulders and also involves abs and triceps and upper back & lower traps. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this exercise correctly. Landmine / t-bar presses, machine seated shoulder press and seated lateral / side shoulder dumbbell raises are related exercise that target the same muscle groups as barbell shoulder press / overhead press. Visit our directory for more exercises.
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