The overhead shoulder press is a great upper body movement to target your deltoids as well as a lot of the other upper body muscles.
This banded version is great for anyone overcoming an injury or beginners learning the motions.
How to do an Overhead Shoulder Press at home
- Depending on the length and resistance of the band, stand with one or both feet on the resistance band with your feet shoulder width apart.
- Begin with your hands parallel to your collarbone, with your palms facing forwards. Your hands should be slightly wider than shoulder width apart.
- Engage your core, look forward and push your hands up while keeping your shoulder blades down.
- Your arms should finish with your hands directly above your shoulders.
- Bring your arms down and return to the starting position.
- Repeat for the desired reps.
The overhead shoulder press predominantly uses the deltoids and triceps brachii.
However, it uses the majority of upper body muscles, such as the lats, biceps and pectoral muscles.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I stabilize my body during the movement?
You can stabilise yourself by engaging your abdominal muscles, keeping your shoulder blades down and your ribcage high and maintaining a neutral spine position. A slight bend in the knee should also help.
- What should you avoid?
Avoid extending your chin upwards, elevating your shoulders, rounding your back, moving too quickly through the movement and ending with your hands anywhere but above your shoulders.