Barbell Shoulder Press

This exercise is a variation of the traditional military press that increases strength and density throughout the core complex and upper back region, while increasing overall stability. Unlike the military press, this exercise is done with feet shoulder width apart, which requires less core strength. Military press requires your heels to be pressed together.


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    Stand with your feet hip-width apart and hold a barbell in front of your chest with your arms bent and hands shoulder-width apart. Your elbows should point downward and your wrists should be straight.
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    Brace your abs and squeeze your butt as you press the barbell overhead. Lock your arms above your head and stay tall. Do not lean back. Carefully return the weight to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Keep chin parallel to ground and do not create any forward lean with upper torso.