Virtual Fitness: Dumbbell Shoulder Press
Instructions: The Dumbbell Shoulder Press is a strength training exercise that targets the Mid Deltoid muscles of the shoulder. The starting position is to form right angles at the elbows, as shown in the video. Wrists are straight. Slowly push the weights up until your arms are straight, and then slowly return to the start position. The exercise is performed either seated or standing, with feet about a hip width apart.
Benefits: Strengthens the Mid Deltoid muscles of the shoulder.
Caution: If you attempt to lift more weight than you can handle, you’ll lose control of the dumbbells. The eventual outcome of chronic poor technique is injury.
Alternatives: Dumbbells are more difficult to control than machines. If you have access to a gym, use the Shoulder Press machine that targets the Mid Deltoid. If not, use smaller dumbbells.
EXERCISE DOs and DONTs – As with all exercise programs, when using exercise videos that appear on this site, you need to use common sense. If your muscles are weak, either do the modifications, or don’t attempt this exercise if it’s too difficult for you. When starting an exercise program, be sure to discuss your plans with your healthcare provider