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Front shoulder press


Major muscles used

  • Deltoids (Front and side)
  • Trapezius

Performing the front shoulder press

  • Sit at an upright (90 degree angle) bench with feet firmly on the ground.
  • Hold a barbell across the front of your shoulders with palms facing out, hands about six inches farther than shoulder-width apart and elbows pointing down.
  • Your back should be straight resting against the back of the bench, with shoulders back and chest out.
  • Press (lift) the barbell above your head until your arms are fully extended, without locking your elbows.
  • Lower the weight in a slow, controlled manner back to the starting position.

Be careful

  • Don't rock or sway your body to gain momentum.
  • Don't bounce the weight off your neck and shoulders in an attempt to complete the lift.
  • Don't just let the weight drop. Slowly lower the weight in a controlled manner.

Alternative exercises to the front shoulder press

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