Standing Barbell Shoulder Press

Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Standing barbell press
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Barbell
  • Muscles Targeted: Shoulders, traps, triceps, biceps
  • Mechanics: Compound
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3 with 6-10 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: Dumbbell shoulder press, machine shoulder military press

The standing barbell shoulder press, as the name suggests, is performed in the same way as the basic seated version except that you stand with a hip-width stance and hold the barbell using a wider-than-shoulder-width grip. It targets your deltoids, pectoral muscles, traps, and triceps while helping in stabilizing your core.

Standing Barbell Shoulder Press Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Standing barbell press
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Barbell
  • Muscles Targeted: Shoulders, traps, triceps, biceps
  • Mechanics: Compound
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3 with 6-10 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: Dumbbell shoulder press, machine shoulder military press

How to do Standing Barbell Shoulder Press

Load the barbell with light to moderate weight plates and place it on a squat rack at your chest level. Unrack the bar by grabbing it with a pronated grip and rest the weight on your upper chest. Lift the barbell above your head by fully extending your arms and hold it slightly in front of the head. Lower the bar gradually to your chest and then press it to the initial position.

Tips

  • Avoid doing this exercise too often. Execute it once a week if you are doing it with other exercises like bench presses and dips.
  • People with shoulder problems should perform the seated variety instead.

Alternative Exercises

  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press
  • Machine Shoulder Military Press

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