Single-arm Dumbbell Shoulder Press

The single-arm dumbbell shoulder press is a unilateral exercise that increases shoulder strength, stability, and symmetry. Performing the exercise with one arm at a time will actively engage the core throughout range of motion.


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    Grab a dumbbell in one hand, and bring it to shoulder-height with your palm facing toward your chest and your arm bent. Stand tall, keep your core tight, and place your feet about shoulder-width apart.
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    Gripping the dumbbell as hard as possible, press it over your head until your arm is almost completely locked out. Pause, and then slowly lower the weight back to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Don't allow your torso to sway to one side or the other as your press the weight overhead.
  • Keep the tension on your shoulder as you press the weight up.
  • Squeeze your abs and glutes to help keep your body stable as you press the weight.