How to do a Shoulder Press

The shoulder press is a great movement to build and strengthen the all of the muscles of the shoulders. The main areas worked are the…

  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Abs
  • Obliques
  • Back

The shoulder press can be performed standing up or sitting down.  The press is considered one of the best functional exercises, due to it’s easy transition to real world movements, such as picking up a box and putting it on a shelf.

-Terry Asher

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    shoulder press is the workout ……for fitness level.
    thank s alot to guide us with the proper steps to follow while excersing

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  • alfonso

    hey vic.
    when i do shoulder press or lateral raises, the next day, it will be my traps aching and not my shoulders. i need your advice. thanks.

  • Vic Magary

    I’d have to watch you do the movement, but my guess is that there is a technique issue that needs addressed. The traps are involved in pulling and should not be sore from the pressing movements. Lateral raises maybe, but I haven’t done them or had clients do them for years so can’t speak directly to them.

    Even if you’ve been lifting for a long time, it never hurts to have a trainer or coach check out your form. Even Tiger Woods still uses a coach.

  • Vic Magary

    Sometimes the elbows forward position can be uncomfortable on the wrists. As much as I’m not a fan of the elbows out-to-the-sides position, it might be more comfortable on your wrists and worth experimenting with. Let us know how it goes!

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  • Terry Schmidt

    Why do you not have clients do lateral raises? Do you instead do a cross lift? I would love to hear hard facts on why lateral lifts are not a good move. Thanks

  • Noah

    Hey Vic,

    This is a great guide. Thank you for sharing you knowledge with us all. I’ve been a long-time lurker of the site, and have recently been revisiting some of these articles. I just got myself a pair of olympic dumbbell handles, and was wondering if there was a way to modify the shoulder press for dumbbells… any ideas?

  • Vic Magary

    I prefer the elbows in version of the press as opposed to the elbows out. With dumbbells, I find it feels more natural with your palms facing each other instead of trying to keep them pointing away from you as you would with a barbell.