Hammer strength shoulder press exercise is a great exercise for hitting all three heads of the shoulder muscles while also building up greater strength and power development in the triceps as well.

As it’s a compound exercise, it should be done near the beginning of the workout when you feel fresh and have plenty of energy and power.

It will help to bring out that ‘capped’ look to the shoulders.

Hammer Strength Shoulder Press

Hammer Strength Shoulder Presses How To

  • Position yourself in a shoulder press machine, back flat against the back pad with the shoulders directly beneath the handle bars.
  • Hold the handles, one with each hand, and then inhale, squeezing the abs and keeping the body upright.
  • As you exhale, press the weight directly above the head, extending but not locking the shoulders as you do.  Keep the head looking directly forward as you do this movement pattern.
  • Pause at the top of the position and then slowly lower the handles back down as you finish the rep.

Form and Technique

Be sure when performing this exercise that you avoid locking out at the top of the movement and resting in this position.

Instead, keep constant tension on the shoulders as you raise and lower the weight.

Routine for Strength:  3 sets x 12-15 reps

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

Hammer Strength Shoulder Press FAQs

How do you do a Hammer Strength Shoulder Press?

Sit upright with your back slightly arched and abs tense, then grab the machine press handles and push upwards to full extension.

Lower slowly and repeat. Continue to increase the weight to build muscle and strength.

What is a Hammer Strength press?

A hammer strength press is a seated shoulder press machine exercise similar to a seated barbell press, but on the Hammer Strength machine.

Is the shoulder press machine effective?

Yes, the shoulder press machine is effective for building muscle and strength.

And working within a fixed range of motion offers greater stability during the exercise.

Does shoulder press work all 3 heads?

Shoulder press primarily works the front head of the deltoid and the medial head.

The rear head of the deltoids are best exercised using rear delt fly exercises.

How To Do Hammer Strength Shoulder Press (Machine Shoulder Press)

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