Everything you need to know about overhead press


overhead press

To perform the overhead press, stand with the feet hip-width apart and hold a weight in each hand with the elbows bent. Extend the elbows until the weights are above your head. Keep your back straight and your core engaged. Slowly lower the weights back to the starting position.

The overhead press is a great exercise for strengthening the muscles of the upper body. It can help improve your shoulder range of motion and strength, as well as your triceps strength. The overhead press is also a great exercise for improving your posture.

If you are new to weightlifting, start with a lighter weight and work your way up to a heavier weight. Be sure to maintain proper form throughout the exercise. The overhead press can be a great addition to your workout routine, whether it is part of a full-body routine or paired with another upper body exercise. You will need to master the kettlebell shoulder press first before you start using heavier weights. Make sure that you maintain proper form throughout the exercise.

Keep reading for more exercises that will build your shoulders!

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For this shoulder exercise, you are going to need 2 weight plates. You can also use kettlebells or dumbbells, but make sure they are of equal weight. Now place both the weights on the floor and stand with your back facing towards them. Bend over at your hips; you can bend your knees if this makes it more comfortable for you. Pick up the first weight using both of your hands and hold it above your head as shown in the picture. Keep your back straight and your core engaged.

Now slowly lower the weight towards the floor but don’t let it touch the ground. Pause for a second, then lift it back up above your head. Make sure to keep your back straight and your core engaged the entire time. Repeat this for the other weight as well.

Kettlebell Shoulder Press

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The kettlebell shoulder press is a great exercise for strengthening the muscles of the upper body. The kettlebell shoulder press works both your shoulders and core at the same time, which means that you can save time by doing just one exercise. For this exercise, you will need 2 kettlebells.

To perform the kettlebell shoulder press, stand with your feet hip-width apart and hold a kettlebell in each hand with the elbows bent. Extend the elbows until the kettlebells are above your head. Keep your back straight and your core engaged. Slowly lower the kettlebells back to the starting position.

Pros and cons of overhead press

The overhead press has a lot of benefits, such as strengthening the muscles in your upper body and improving posture. However, it can put a lot of strain on your shoulders and neck. These strains can lead to long-term muscle and joint problems and you will need to find an alternative if you develop these kinds of problems. It is also not recommended that you use the overhead press if you have had shoulder or elbow issues in the past.

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