Barbell shoulder press exercise is a compound exercise that targets your deltoids/shoulders.

It’s an excellent mass and strength builder to start off any good shoulder routine.

Barbell Shoulder Presses Exercise How To

  • Stand in front of a barbell loaded with an appropriate weight.
  • Pickup the bar and sit it until it’s sitting just above your shoulders, hands facing up.  Be sure to inhale during this part of the movement.
  • Press the barbell up and overhead. Exhale at the end of this movement.  Repeat.

Form and Technique

For muscle gain with barbell shoulder press, avoiding lock out at the top of the movement will increase time under tension and may help you perform more reps while easing the pressure off the joints.

Keep the bar close to the body to maintain center of gravity.

Variations:  Dumbbell Shoulder Press, Smith Machine Shoulder Press

Routine for Strength:  3 sets x 12-15 reps

Routine for Muscle Gains:  4-5 sets x 6-8 reps

Barbell Shoulder Press

How To Do Barbell Shoulder Press