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The go-to strength builder for delts is often the lateral raise. And thats OK because it’s a move that’ll provide results. However, it’s wise to also tag in the Z press—which activates not only your shoulders but also your core, back, and hips—to achieve the same goal. Never heard of it? Time to get acquainted.
The best time to implement the Z press is at the beginning of your workout. That’s because this move exploits your joints and muscles, which means you wouldn’t be able to use perfect form later in your workout.
There are two reasons to do the Z press. One, it mobilizes your hips, thoracic spine, and shoulders due to the unique sitting position, as your legs are sprawled out. Two, pressing kettlebells overhead will strengthen your
shoulders, upper back, and core. You’ll be amazed at the difficulty of a seemingly simple exercise.
Pro Tip: You can also do the Z press with dumbbells, a barbell, or a sandbag.