Another good shoulder exercise. These can be done standing or seated as well. Set with your back flat against the seat back and have your feet firmly planted on the ground. Use your knees to help kick the dumbbells into the starting position one at a time.
Explode with the dumbbells on the way up but then lower them twice as slowly on the way down. Once again, do not lock out your arms so that the resistance is kept on the shoulders and not the triceps. One advantage of dumbbell presses over bar presses is the increased range of motion that dumbbells allow. However, both are very effective total shoulder exercises.
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The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.