Barbell Shoulder Press

Learn how to perform a barbell shoulder press perfectly with instructions and video by SHOCK Fitness Trainer, Ashley Steele.

How to Barbell Shoulder Press

Primary Muscles: Upper Body,  Shoulders

Exercise Families: Press

Equipment: Barbell

Trainer: Ashley Steele


  1. Sit on an inclined surface keeping good posture with your chest up and back arched, and arms at your sides. Grip the barbell so that the upper arm and forearm create a 90° angle at the lowest part of the range of motion.

  2. Lower the barbell with control, continue lowering until the upper arm and forearm are bent to a 90° angle. Press the barbell overhead, pause briefly, and lower back to the starting position.

  3. Repeat the barbell shoulder press for the specified amount of time or repetitions.

  4. You should feel this working the arms, deltoids, and shoulders. 

Alternative Exercises:

Dumbbell Shoulder Press  Push Press

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