Saturday, 19 July 2008

Shoulder Press Exercise

The shoulder press, also known as the overhead press is an exercise that works the deltoid muscles of the shoulder.

The shoulder press can be performed standing or sitting, if performed while standing the exercise also helps develop the core muscles (abdominal and obliques) and also the costal muscles as these are used to help stabilise the weight.

If you are really wanting to build your shoulder muscles then this is a great exercise to incooporate in to your workout.

Shoulder Press

Equipment - Barbell or Dumbbells of desired weight (Use Smithy if desired)

Preparation - Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, or seat straight and with an overhand grip lift the weights above your head so your arms are nearly straight (slightly bent at the elbow).

Movement - Bring the barbell/dumbbells down in front of your face to your shoulders and push the bar back above your head keeping your body rigid so it is your shoulder muscles doing the work, then repeat.

Reps/Sets 8 to 12 reps for 4 sets

Standing Shoulder Press

Seated Shoulder Press