Whether you’re reaching to put something up on the top shelf or simply opening a cabinet door or even simply pushing yourself up out of a chair, we use our shoulders in many tasks we perform throughout a given day. The dumbbell shoulder press is one the best exercises for strengthening and toning the muscles of the shoulder. This exercise targets the deltoids, mainly the middle deltoid, as well as the trapezius, serratus anterior, and triceps brachii.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Sit on a bench and keep the back straight.
2. Hold a pair of dumbbells at shoulder level with palms facing forward.
3. Inhale and extend the arms vertically, pushing the dumbbells up overhead.
4. Exhale at the top before bringing the dumbbells back to the start position under control.
Variations– This movement may also be done using a resistance band with the band anchored by either your foot or by sitting on the band.
Be mindful though, if you have previous experienced shoulder impingement syndrome pressing overhead repetitively may not be in your best interest. Discuss shoulder discomfort with your doctor.