The standing dumbbell shoulder presses are great exercise which can help you to build powerful shoulders and strong core. Is recommendable to perform the exercise at the beginning of your workout because it requires maximum power and concentration.
Grasp a pair of dumbbells and stand upright with your feet shoulder – width apart as you hold the dumbbells at sides with neutral grip (palms facing your body). Than raise the dumbbells up to shoulder height with your arms and forearms creating a 90 – degree angle and twist your wrists so that your palms are facing forward. This will be your starting position.
Press the dumbbells upward straight above your head until they almost touch at the top and exhale. Pause for a second contract the shoulders and slowly lower the weight in the starting position as you breathe in. Repeat the movement for desired reps.
- Keep your knees slightly bended, the core tight and your back straight during the movement.
- Move the dumbbells in a slight arch trajectory this would help you to get good stretch at the bottom and better contraction at the top of the movement.
- To keep constant tension on the shoulder muscles and to minimize the triceps involvement don’t touch the dumbbells and don’t lock your elbows at the top.
- Perform the negative phase of the movement for twice longer time than the positive.