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Barbell Standing Military Press

Exercise Profile

Body PartShoulders
Primary MusclesDeltoid Anterior
Secondary MusclesDeltoid Lateral, Pectoralis Major Clavicular Head, Serratus Anterior, Triceps Brachii
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Introduction to the Barbell Standing Military Press

The Barbell Standing Military Press is a powerful upper body exercise that primarily strengthens the shoulders, triceps, and upper back. It is suitable for individuals at all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced athletes, who are looking to improve their upper body strength and posture. Engaging in this exercise can enhance overall body stability, increase shoulder mobility, and aid in performing daily tasks or sports that require pushing or overhead movements.

Performing the: A Step-by-Step Tutorial Barbell Standing Military Press

  • Position the barbell at your collarbone with your palms facing forward and elbows directly under the bar, this is your starting position.
  • Push the barbell up and over your head by extending your arms fully, keep your body and wrists straight throughout the movement.
  • Pause for a moment at the top of the movement, then slowly lower the barbell back down to the collarbone level.
  • Repeat this process for the desired number of repetitions, ensuring to maintain proper form and control throughout each movement.

Tips for Performing Barbell Standing Military Press

  • **Avoid Arching Your Back**: A common mistake is arching the back during the lift, which can lead to injury. To avoid this, engage your core and keep your back straight throughout the exercise. Squeezing your glutes can also help stabilize your body.
  • **Don't Use Your Legs**: The military press is a strict shoulder press, meaning you shouldn't use your legs to aid the lift. If you find yourself needing to use your legs, it's a sign that the weight may be too heavy.
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Barbell Standing Military Press FAQs

Can beginners do the Barbell Standing Military Press?

Yes, beginners can do the Barbell Standing Military Press exercise, but it's important to start with a light weight to ensure proper form and prevent injuries. It's also recommended to have a trainer or experienced gym-goer supervise the first few sessions to ensure the exercise is being done correctly. As with any exercise, it's important to gradually increase the weight as strength and confidence improves.

What are common variations of the Barbell Standing Military Press?

  • The Seated Military Press is another variation where you perform the exercise while sitting down, which can help to isolate the shoulder muscles more effectively.
  • The Behind the Neck Military Press is a more advanced variation where the barbell is lowered behind the head rather than in front, targeting different parts of the shoulder.
  • The Push Press Military Press is a dynamic variation where you incorporate a slight leg drive to help push the barbell upwards, adding an extra element of power and strength.
  • The Single-Arm Barbell Military Press is a unilateral variation where you press a single barbell overhead with one arm, challenging your balance and stability while also working your shoulder.

What are good complementing exercises for the Barbell Standing Military Press?

  • Upright Rows can also complement the Military Press by targeting both the traps and the anterior deltoids, muscles that are also used in the Military Press, thereby improving your performance and endurance in this exercise.
  • Push-ups, despite being a bodyweight exercise, can also complement the Barbell Standing Military Press as they work the pectoral muscles and the triceps, which are secondary muscles used in the Military Press, thus enhancing your overall upper body strength and stability.

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