Okay, so you want to learn how to do shoulder presses, one of the most important exercises to nail if you want to see upper body strength results. Proven to help build strong and lean shoulders, the press is a tried and true staple – so it’s best you get around knowing how to do it properly.

Read on for expert advice on how to perform the shoulder press, along with the expert info on which muscles you’re working, the benefits of the exercise and 14 variations to try once you’ve nailed the basics.

How to do shoulder presses

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(a) Stand with a dumbbell in each hand. Bend the elbows at 90 degrees with the dumbbells at ear level and palms facing forward. Careful…

(b) Now straighten your arms and press the dumbbells towards the ceiling, then return to the start. Do 20 reps.

Muscles used in shoulder presses

It is called a shoulder press for a reason and that’s because the exercise will work your shoulder muscles incredibly hard, but that’s not all.