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Push Press

Free Weights / Total Body / Beginner
  • Shoulders
  • Shoulders
  • Quads
  • Triceps
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How to do the Push Press - Learn Proper Push Press Form

  1. Step 1: Stand with barbell at shoulder height with an over hand grip that is just outside shoulder-width.
  2. Step 2: Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, bend knees slightly and push weight above head using both your legs and arms to get the weight up.
  3. Step 3: Push weight up till arms and legs are straight, hold weight for a brief second before lowering barbell back to starting position.

Push Press Variations and Push Press Alternatives

  1. Variation 1: For a high intensity workout perform exercise on stabilizer ball.
  2. Variation 2: Stand with feet staggered and perform without bending knees, can also be done with staggered feet and bending knees to relieve pressure on the back.
  3. Variation 3: Vary the width of the grip on the barbell to target different areas of the shoulder.
  4. Variation 4: Use dumbbells instead of a barbell and raise them simultaneously, or alternating.

Push Press Tips

  1. Tip 1: Be sure to use the momentum of your legs pushing up, instead of just using your arms to push barbell above your head.
  2. Tip 2: Be sure to breath. Exhale when pushing weight up.
  3. Tip 3: Don't let the weight get out of control. Try to push legs up explosively but under control.
  4. Tip 4: Keep your abdominals tight to stabilize your core and keep yourself from swaying.

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Push Press Muscles Worked

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Push Press Equipment


Push Press Training Details

The push press is a free weights and total body exercise that primarily targets the shoulders and to a lesser degree also targets the shoulders, quads, and triceps.

The only push press equipment that you really need is the following: barbell. There are however many different push press variations that you can try out that may require different types of push press equipment or maye even require no equipment at all.

Learning proper push press form is easy with the step by step push press instructions, push press tips, and the instructional push press technique video on this page. The push press is a push exercise for those with a beginner level of physical fitness and exercise experience. Watch the push press video, learn how to do the push press, and then be sure and browse through the push press workouts on our workout plans page!

Push Press Sports

Push Press Force Type: Push
Push Press Mechanics Type: Compound
Push Press Other Names: barbell push press, push press barbell, barbell shoulder raise,
1 Review
  • nida78
    over 1 year ago #

    I just luv it!