Seated Barbell Shoulder Press Behind The Neck

March 18, 2015 - Barbell Exercises, Shoulder Exercises
Seated Barbell Shoulder Press Behind The Neck



The seated barbell shoulder press behind the neck are basic multi joint exercise for the shoulder muscles. As a compound movement which involves many muscle groups they aloud use of maximum amount of weight which makes them a great shoulder power and mass building exercise. All variations of the behind the neck presses could be potentially dangerous for the shoulder joint because of the unnatural external rotation of the shoulder which requires the exercise. So if you already have shoulder problems you must substitute behind the neck presses with some more delicate for the shoulder exercises like dumbbell shoulder press and barbell shoulder press in front of your body.


Sit at a shoulder press rack/bench combo or put a bench inside of power rack with the bar behind your head and above you. Grasp the bar with a slightly wider than a shoulder width pronated (palms facing forward). Un-rack the bar and hold it exactly above your head with your arms slightly flexed. This is the starting position for the exercise.


Breathe in and start to lower the bar behind your head as you control the weight until the bar stand at one level with the middle portion of your head (slightly above the top of your years). Press the bar up without using the momentum and bring it back to the starting position as you exhale.