An important movement pattern in life and in functional fitness is pressing something heavy over our heads.
This can be something as simple as placing our luggage on the overhead bin of an airplane, or stacking books on a shelf.
One of the ways we can build strength in such a movement is by doing shoulder presses. In this issue, we’re going to breakdown the dumbbell shoulder press.
The person presses or pushes the dumbbell above his or her head in a vertical direction. The movement ends with the elbow fully extended, and both dumbbells held above the head.
This exercise builds strength on our shoulders, triceps and upper chest. The choice of dumbbells over a barbell helps each arm function independent, and also serves to improve stability. There are numerous variations of the dumbbell shoulder press and several names that goes by it; but if you’re a beginner in fitness, you should definitely start with the basics before moving into complex variations.