Barbell Overhead Press

Exercise: Overhead Press
Equipment: Barbell and Rack
Type: Compound, Push
Level: Beginner
Shoulders, Triceps

 

Place a barbell about chest high on a squat rack, adjusting the rack height as necessary.

Grab the barbell using a grip with your palms facing outward. Grip the barbell wider than shoulder width apart.

Slightly bend your knees and place the barbell on your collar bone. Lift the barbell from the rack with it remaining on your collarbone.

Step backward and space the feet shoulder width apart.

This is the starting position.

Breathe in, while controlling the ascent of the bar over your head until your arms are locked out.

Do not rely too heavily on your back, and focus on pushing through your shoulders and triceps.

Briefly pause, and then return the barbell to the starting position.

Breathe out while controlling the descent of the bar to your collarbone. Don’t let the barbell drift too far forward.

As with all exercises, use a spotter if the weight is too much to carefully lift.

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