Barbell Exercise Snapshot: Push Press

Barbell Exercise Snapshot: Push Press

By Dan and Adam Kleckner

Push Press

Push Press Description

The Barbell push press is a great test for total body muscle development. Remember, Full-body engagement builds full-body strength. The barbell push press helps strengthen the abdominal wall, strengthens the hips, and builds stability through the legs.

Even though the overhead press is a great total body workout, the primary muscle groups used are the shoulders, upper back, and triceps.   This alone is one of the best exercises that you can do to develop the shoulders and upper back.  The push press press sounds simple, but in reality it is an extremely technical lift and should be done with smart and with proper form.   Start with light weight and higher repetitions.

Push Press Steps

1- Start by placing the barbell in the rack at mid chest height.  Un rack the bar with your grip being shoulder width apart, and let is rest on your collar bone.

2- With your feet shoulder width apart, and slightly bend, raise the elbows to be pointing perpendicular to your chest.

3- Once the stance and grip is correct- take a breath into your abdomen to create pressure, keeping tension in the glutes and abs, press the bar overhead until the elbows lock out with the bar directly over your head.

4- Keeping tension, lower your body back down to the starting position.

5. Repeat for the desired number of reps.

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