One of the most important exercises in your upper body workout is the shoulder press. This compound exercise is designed to hit the front deltoids, the side deltoids, and will even hit the rear deltoids to a small degree as well. What’s more is the triceps and core will come into play as they help you with executing the movement pattern. Your shoulders and arms press the weight over your head, while your legs, lower back, and abs assist you in balance.
The shoulder press is one of the best exercises to build strong, muscular and healthy shoulders together with bigger arms. Unfortunately, though, many people go about performing this powerful move entirely wrong. Do it incorrectly and it’s just an injury waiting to happen.
Let’s look at how you can improve your shoulder press in just four easy steps…
Step 1: Contract Your Abs. First things first, you need to stabilize your spinal column. Stabilizing your spinal column is going to be best done by contracting your abs as hard as you can during the pressing movement. Don’t decide to wait to contract your abs when the weight is above you.
As you do this, you’ll develop more strength and power, which will also allow you to lift a greater level of weight.
Step 2: Focus Your Gaze Straight Ahead. Next, you will also want to focus your gaze straight ahead. Don’t let your eyes roam as you do the shoulder press. You need to fixate on one spot as this will help with power generation.
Even a slight distraction such as looking around the room as you lift will translate to you not generating as much force as you should.
Step 3: Don’t Lock Your Elbows. It’s also important you don’t lock your elbows at the top of the exercise. Too many people make this mistake, and it leads to great strain on this injury-prone joint.
Keep your elbows slightly bent, but still extended.
Step 4: Press With Your Feet. Finally, when you’re lifting a maximum weight, think of pressing up the weight through your feet. Press into the ground as you drive the weight upwards, and this should help you hit your new personal best.
Remember, you want to lift heavy while doing this exercise as doing so is what will translate to muscle strength gains.
So keep these four steps in mind next time you’re doing a shoulder press. Use these techniques and you will be on your way to improvement.
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