Barbell Floor Press

The barbell floor press is an upper body exercise for the chest, shoulders and triceps. When performed on the floor, the range of motion of the exercise is limited to reduce the strain placed on the shoulder joint.


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    Lie with your back flat against the floor. Grab a barbell off a squat rack or have a partner hand you the barbell and hold it with a wide overhand grip, just beyond shoulder-width. Raise the bar up overhead, bringing it above your chest with arms fully extended.
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    Extend arms upward, keeping the elbows locked. Pause. Slowly lower the barbell until your elbows are resting on the ground. Repeat for prescribed number of reps.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Be sure to squeeze the working muscles at the top of the movement.
  • Be sure to exhale during the pushing motion.