Standing Shoulder Press
The single-arm dumbbell shoulder press is a HIIT exercise that increases shoulder strength, stability and symmetry. Perform the shoulder press with one arm then swap over. Don’t go too heavy with the weight, just focus upon smooth transitions. A great exercise that can be done anywhere, providing you have a weight. A similar action can be performed with a resistance band.
Ultimate Guide to Standing Shoulder Press
- Hold a dumbbell or kettlebell just outside your shoulder (arms bent and palm facing inward).
- Set your feet shoulder width apart with your knees slightly bent.
- Tighten your core and keep it tight throughout the HIIT exercise. Don’t use your body to ‘throw’ up the weight as your tire.
- Press the weight over head until your arm is straight (but elbows not locked). Keep your shoulder down.
- Slowly lower the dumbbell back to the starting position.
The Benefits of Standing Shoulder Press
The shoulders, or deltoids, are the drivers in the shoulder press. The triceps are the large muscles on the back of your arm and function to straighten your arm out. The triceps are active throughout the full range of motion of the shoulder press. Your back helps stabilise your shoulders during the lift. The traps stabilises your shoulder blades and keeps them from moving backward or down.
Muscle groups worked with Standing Shoulder Press