Seated barbell shoulder press

How to do seated barbell shoulder press

The Benefits of Seated Barbell Shoulder Press:

  1. improves the strength and muscle growth of the shoulder muscles, particularly the deltoids.
  2. Compared to standing, being seated offers more stability and lowers the chance of damage.
  3. reduces the use of the lower body, allowing you to isolate and efficiently work the shoulder muscles.

Exercise Tips

  • Sit upright or slightly reclined on a bench with a back support. For stability, make sure your feet are level on the ground.
  • With your shoulders somewhat wider than shoulder-width apart, grasp the barbell. Maintain a straight wrist.
  • Brace your midsection to support your spine and stop your lower back from arching too far.
  • Avoid locking your elbows as you lower the barbell to around chin level and push it overhead until your arms are completely extended.
  • As you lower the barbell, breathe in, and as you press it above, breathe out.
  • If this is your first time doing the exercise, start with smaller weights to improve your technique and prevent shoulder pain.
  • Increase the weight gradually as you gain strength and experience.

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