Dumbbell Shoulder Press

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Purpose

exercise is used to build strength and size in the deltoids, with a focus on the side and front of the deltoids. This movement also uses the triceps, like any other pressing movement.

Execution

Sit on a military bench or another bench that has back support, place the dumbbells on the tops of your thighs. Then, kick each dumbbell up to shoulder height, or you can have someone hand you the dumbbells in place (this is much safer and easier). Make sure you rotate your wrists so that your palms are facing away from you. Next, push the weights up overhead until your arms are fully extended. Then, slowly lower the weights back to the starting position. Repeat this movement for the prescribed amount of reps in your set.

Tip

This movement may seem very similar to barbell shoulder press but there are key differences. First, when using dumbbells, your body uses more stabilizer muscles to hold the weight in place. Also, there is a greater range of motion since the bar will not limit how far you can bring the weight down. However, I do not suggest that you bring the weight past your shoulders, because it will put a lot of stress on the rotator cuff.

Variation

This movement may seem very similar to barbell shoulder press but there are key differences. First, when using dumbbells, your body uses more stabilizer muscles to hold the weight in place. Also, there is a greater range of motion since the bar will not limit how far you can bring the weight down. However, I do not suggest that you bring the weight past your shoulders, because it will put a lot of stress on the rotator cuff.

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