Barbell Push Press

The barbell push press is a dynamic compound exercise that increases strength and power in both the upper and lower body. The main focus of this exercise are the shoulders, hips, and core. Keep your elbows tucked in and close to your shoulder to maintain tension on your shoulders while pressing the bar overhead.


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    Grab a barbell and hold it with a grip that is a little less than shoulder-width apart. Pull the barbell just above shoulders with elbows close to your body. Bend your knees and lower your body in to a half-squat position.
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    Press the weight over your head as you press through the heels to explosively stand up. Pause and slowly lower the bar back down to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Make sure to drive hips upward and perform the lift explosively.
  • Do not hyperextend the lower back at the lockout position.
  • Make sure you finish the top of the press by locking out the elbows.