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Barbell Shoulder Press

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Type: Strength Main Muscle Worked: Shoulders Other Muscles: Chest, Triceps Equipment: Barbell Mechanics Type: Compound Level: Intermediate Sport: NoForce: Push
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Barbell Shoulder Press Guide

Main Muscle: Shoulders

  1. Sit on a bench with back support in a squat rack. Position a barbell at a height that is just above your head. Grab the barbell with a pronated grip (palms facing forward).
  2. Once you pick up the barbell with the correct grip width, lift the bar up over your head by locking your arms. Hold at about shoulder level and slightly in front of your head. This is your starting position.
  3. Lower the bar down to the shoulders slowly as you inhale.
  4. Lift the bar back up to the starting position as you exhale.
  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Variations:

  • This exercise can also be performed standing.

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Nov 26, 2016 4:08 AM: Good solid routine. Have fun!!

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Oct 18, 2016 10:33 AM: Great for gaining strenght

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Oct 10, 2016 5:16 PM: So so.

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8/10

Aug 26, 2016 12:51 AM: A good one to add a half rep on for max contraction, up (not locked), down half, back up, back to start. That's 1. Do 10-15. Get to where you can do 15 through 4 sets, take it up to next weight.

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Jan 2, 2016 4:25 PM: good workout

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Exercise Rating
9/10

Mar 19, 2015 2:59 AM: I would generally start my shoulder workout with barbell, dumbbells or machine presses for maxim growth and promote strength. I would go as heavy as I can for 4 sets 10 to 12 reps, Good form and range of motion not locking at the top of the movement and keeping the weight in motion at all times. I find...+See More

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9/10

Mar 19, 2015 2:55 AM: I usually start my shoulder workout with a lifting exercise for maximum strength and growth. Either barbell presses, dumbbell or machine shoulder presses rotating from week to week. I would go as heavy as possible 10 to 12 reps 4 sets with good range of motion and great
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7/10

Sep 3, 2014 7:32 AM: Keep back straight and upright. It also helps to look upwards for this exercise.

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Tip: Barbell Shoulder Press

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10/10

Jun 26, 2014 12:45 PM: One of the best shoulder excercise but not sure how different it is to "military press" listed here - http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/detail/view/name/seated-barbell-military-press

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10/10

May 20, 2014 3:44 PM: n/c

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