Center for Young Women's Health

Upper Body: Overhead Shoulder Press


Muscles Used: Trapezius (Upper Shoulder), Deltoid (Shoulder), Rhomboids (Upper Back)

Equipment Needed: Weights


  1. Stand up straight, with knees slightly bent.
  2. Place feet hip distance apart.
  3. Make sure toes are pointing forward.
  4. Keep shoulders even as you complete this exercise.
  5. Hold weights at shoulder height with palms facing forward (starting position). (see photo A)
  6. Exhale (breathe out) as you slowly and evenly lift both arms upright past ears, above head, to a full arm extension. (see photo B)
  7. Inhale (breathe in) as you evenly and slowly lower both arms down to starting position.
  8. Repeat exercise for a set of 8.
Overhead Shoulder Press
Overhead Shoulder Press
Photo A
Photo B



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