Smith Machine Overhead Press

The Smith machine overhead press helps increase strength and muscle growth throughout the entire shoulder region. The range of motion of the Smith machine assists beginners with learning the movement pattern.


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    Sit on a bench with a back support directly underneath the barbell of a Smith machine. Grip the bar with a double overhand grip, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart at just above shoulder height.
  2. Smith Machine Overhead Press
    Gripping the bar as tight as possible, press it overhead until your arms are completely locked out. Pause at the top, then lower it back to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Avoid leaning the head back. Push your head through your arms as you raise the bar.