Standing Bradford press

The standing Bradford press is an obscure yet effective shoulder exercise that alternates front presses with behind-the-neck presses. It can be used as a warm-up for other press variations on a shoulder day, or as a muscle-building movement on its own in a shoulder or upper-body focused workout. It is usually performed for relatively high reps, such as 8-15 reps per set or higher, or just to the point of fatigue.


  1. Increases shoulder mobility
  2. Works multiple heads of the deltoids at once
  3. Great warm-up or burnout

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Standing Bradford press Instructions

Standing Bradford press muscle diagram
  1. Place a loaded bar at shoulder level in a rack. With a pronated grip at shoulder width, begin with the bar racked across the front of your shoulders. This is your starting position.
  2. Initiate the lift by extending the elbows to press the bar overhead. Avoid locking out the elbow as you move the weight behind your head.
  3. Lower the bar down to the back of the head until your elbow forms a right angle.
  4. Lift the bar back over your head by extending the elbows
  5. Lower the bar down to the starting position.
  6. Alternate in this manner until you complete the recommended amount of repetitions.