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Seated Barbell Shoulder Press

  • This primarily hits the anterior and lateral deltoids.
  • Set the bench as close to vertical as possible
  • Take a stance so that your legs feel in a strong position to help with balance
  • Align your knuckles with the bar so that when you press, your forearms are under the bar (forearms in front of the bar = wrist stress)
  • Choose a grip that allows the forearms to remain close to vertical for the movement
  • A good cue for the top position is to push “behind the ears”, meaning the head comes through
  • Avoid arching the back too much, doing so means the weight is likely too heavy. Think of keeping the rib cage down over the body