Alternating Dumbbell Shoulder Press

The alternating dumbbell shoulder press increases muscular strength through the entire shoulder region. Performing the exercise in an alternating manner will create balance and stability on both sides of the body while actively engaging the core.

Step by step instructions

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Exercise Steps 1

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Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Hold a dumbbell in each hand just above shoulder height with your palms facing forward and arms bent.

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Exercise Steps 2

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Press one dumbbell up over your head without moving the other dumbbell. Stay tall with your chest up and shoulders back. Return to starting position to perform on the other side.

Mistakes and Tips

  1. Do not allow your torso to sway to either side as you press the weight overhead.
  2. Keep the tension on your shoulders as you press the weight up.
  3. Squeeze your abs and glutes to help keep your body stable as you press the weights.