The Perfect Shoulder Press
Exercise You Need to Know

A shoulder press exercise is done while seated and holding dumbbells with an overhand grip against the shoulders.

Begin the exercise by pressing your dumbbells over your head, but make sure not to lock your arms. From there, lower the dumbbells back down to the beginning position, and repeat the exercise for 12 reps.

As an alternate, you can do the easy shoulder press standing or seated, although standing provides greater benefits because it includes the stabilizer muscles within the exercise, so you may feel more comfortable.

Many people also prefer to use a bench that has back support if they have a back injury, which will help them to perform the exercise with assistance.

Depending upon your strength, you can perform this exercise with both arms at one time, or you can alternate your arms within the exercise.

The most important thing to remember with this exercise is to keep your elbows close to your sides, and don't let them push too far out.

The elbows should be kept in the same position and move in a fluid motion to prevent injury or strain.

This allows you to complete the best shoulder press exercise by moving the dumbbells upward and down while keeping them as close to your body as possible.

The greatest benefit to this exercise is that it will strengthen your shoulders to keep your upper body protected.

You may not realize that your shoulders are responsible for a wide range of motion in your daily activities, so strengthening your shoulders definitely has advantages.

If you do not strengthen and protect your shoulder muscles, you could risk injury in daily life.

This exercise will also add balance to your regular workout program. In fact, if you are already lifting weights but have not yet focused on your shoulders, you could risk ending up with a muscularly imbalanced look since your shoulders will be underdeveloped.

To make this exercise more difficult, you can lower the weights only to the point that your arms make a 90° angle, which is where you are receiving the most benefit from the motion.

If you continue for an entire set only lowering your arms to the 90° angle point, you will see serious strengthening benefits in a shorter amount of time.

If you are new to this exercise, it is always important to have a spotter with you.

The reason for this is that dropping the dumbbells within this exercise could cause serious injury to your head, face, and upper body, so be safe!

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