Dumbbell shoulder press

USED IN: Fat-Loss III; Hypertrophy I; Strength I and II

SETUP: Grab a pair of dumbbells and hold them at the edges of your shoulders, palms facing out. Posture is athletic, as described for the barbell shoulder press.

LIFTING: Push the weights straight up over your shoulders (not up and toward each other so they clank; the movement takes tension off the shoulders and triceps, and the noise is obnoxious).

LOWERING: Lower them along the same path to the edges of your shoulders.

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

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.

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