How to Do a Dumbbell Shoulder Press
There are a variety of exercises you can do to work the shoulder. One of the most common ones is the dumbbell shoulder press (also called the overhead press). In the following video, Kristen Feola, author of Spiritually Strong and former personal trainer, demonstrates the proper way to perform the dumbbell shoulder press exercise.
Hi, I’m Kristen Feola, author of the book, Spiritually Strong. Today I’m going to show you an exercise that is featured in my book. Let’s begin.
The dumbbell shoulder press is an exercise that can help you build range of motion in the shoulder and also increase your flexibility. But it’s also an exercise where you can actually hurt yourself if you’re not careful. If you have neck, shoulder, or low back issues, you must be extremely cautious in how you do this exercise so that you don’t use too much weight. But, if you use the proper amount of weight, it can be done in a safe way. Let me show you how to do it.
You can do the shoulder press standing, but I really recommend doing it seated so that you have the support for your low back. So, ideally, you will have a chair that supports your back that you can lean against. But you want to make sure you’re sitting up tall, shoulders back. Abs are tight. You can do a neutral grip or an overhand grip. Just press the weight above your head until your arms are straight, and the weights just touch. And, then lower slowly.
One thing that I want to mention here….I know I have to be very careful because I do have neck and lower back issues, so I have to use a lighter weight. I’m only using five pound weights because I want to make sure that my form is correct. And, that’s what I would say to you. Don’t use a weight where you have to use your body to press it up. If you’re using your body at all, then you need to lower the weight. And, really, if you have any concerns with your back, neck, anything at all, shoulder, use a lighter weight. Focus on flexibility. You’re going to gain strength even by using light weights. Take it nice and slow. Exhale as you press, and inhale as you release. And, of course, as with every exercise, make sure those abs are tight.
Thank you so much for viewing this dumbbell shoulder press exercise video. I hope it’s been helpful for you. If you haven’t already gotten a copy of my book, Spiritually Strong, you can find it online, you can order it through my website, or get it wherever books are sold. And, I pray that God blesses you on your journey to be physically and spiritually stronger. You can find other Upper Body Exercise videos here.