Overhead Dumbbell Press

The overhead dumbbell press increases strength throughout the entire shoulder region. Performing the exercise from the standing position will actively engage the core throughout the range of motion.

Step by step instructions

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Exercise Steps 1


Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Hold a pair of dumbbells just outside your shoulders with your arms bent and palms facing each other.

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Exercise Steps 2


Press both dumbbells up until the weights are overhead and your arms are straight. Pause, then lower the dumbbells under control back to the starting position.

Mistakes and Tips

  1. Keep your shoulder blades tucked down and back for more shoulder stability as you press the weights overhead.
  2. Don't excessively arch your lower back as you press the weights overhead.
  3. Don't allow your elbows to flare out to the sides.

Advanced Variations