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Upper Body Thursday: Shoulder Press

February 11, 2010

A shoulder press is a simple yet effective exercise to work your anterior deltoids (frontal deltoid). To do this exercise, you are also using your lateral deltoids, rotator cuffs, triceps, middle trapezius, lower trapezius, and upper pecs! You can do this exercise sitting or standing. If you choose to do it standing, tuck your tailbone under towards the floor to protect your lower back and engage your abdominals. Here are basic instructions for how to do a shoulder press:

  • Inhale to prepare. Take dumbbells (or cans of soup!) beside the shoulders with your elbows below the wrists.
  • Exhale as you press your weights or soup cans overhead until your arms extend. Inhale as you lower them back down by your shoulders.

Repeat as many times as you like! For a longer upper body workout, re-visit our past upper body Thursday videos and do each exercise for one minute; repeat the series 3-5 times. It’s always a good idea to keep your exercises diverse so your mind and body don’t get bored!

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