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Standing Barbell Shoulder Press (Overhead Press) Guide

  1. Exercise Type: Compound - engages and works multiple muscle groups at the same time.
  2. Targeted Muscle Groups:
    • primary: back deltoids, front deltoids
    • secondary: triceps
    • tertiary: trapezius, upper back
    • quaternary: abs, obliques, lower back

How to perform?

Standing-Barbell-ShouldThe standing barbell shoulder press, also known as the overhead press or OHP, is a compound exercise that primarily targets the deltoids (shoulder muscles), with secondary emphasis on the triceps and upper back muscles.  During a standing barbell shoulder press, the deltoids work to lift the weight overhead, while the triceps help to extend the elbows. The upper back muscles help to stabilize the movement, while the core muscles engage to maintain proper posture and prevent injury.  In terms of exercise classification, the standing barbell shoulder press is a compound exercise, as it works for multiple muscle groups simultaneously to perform a movement. If you're looking to build overall strength and size in the shoulders, triceps, and upper back, the standing barbell shoulder press is a great exercise to include in your workout routine. However, it's important to also include isolation exercises that target each muscle group individually to maintain overall balance and prevent injury.    


Steps to perform this exercise  

1. Grab the barbell with a slightly wider than shoulder-width grip.  

2. Contract your core, squeeze your glutes, and press the weight over your head. By keeping your abs and glutes firing, you’ll protect your lower back.  

3. Slowly lower the weight back to the front of your chest.  

4. Repeat


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