How to do The Dumbbell Push Press Correctly and Safely

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INTRODUCTION: THE SINGLE ARM DUMBBELL PUSH PRESS

Shoulder health has become a hot topic in the health and fitness industry due to the rising number of shoulder injuries seen in young adults. Improper and unstable movements of the shoulder joint is a major contributor towards these injuries.

Overhead pressing exercises create strong healthy shoulders and help encourages a full range of motion.

THE DUMBBELL PUSH PRESS FORM VIDEO

BENEFITS OF THE DUMBBELL PUSH PRESS

  • Allows you to train each shoulder individually to smooth out any existing muscular imbalances

  • The use of uneven loading strengthens the core musculature, causing you to actively stabilize the weight overhead

  • The push press allows you to use hip drive, which Incorporates more muscles into the movement

MUSCLES WORKED DURING THE DUMBBELL PUSH PRESS

  • Anterior and medial deltoids

  • Triceps

  • Core

  • Glutes

HOW TO PERFORM THE DUMBBELL PUSH PRESS WITH GOOD TECHNIQUE

  • Pick up a dumbbell with the arm you wish to train first

  • Using the momentum from a well-controlled jump, clean the dumbbell up to your anterior shoulder

  • Rest one side of the dumbbell on top of your shoulder and keep your elbow up and in front of the weight

  • From this position, set your stance to roughly shoulder width with your feet pointed forward or out no more than 15-30 degrees.

 

  • You can also reach your nonworking arm straight out in front of you to help with stability

  • From this position, take a deep breath and brace your core

  • Begin the dip by bending slightly at the knees while maintaining a neutral spine – it’s the same position you would be in if you were preparing to jump straight up

  • From this point extend your hips and knees forcefully and come up on your toes to generate force in an upward direction

  • Begin pressing the dumbbell straight overhead until your elbow is locked out

  • At the overhead position, engage your core muscles and glute muscles to maintain stability

 

  • Control the weight back down to your anterior shoulder for the next repetition

COMMON MISTAKES

PRESSING THE DUMBBELL OUT IN FRONT OF YOUR BODY

  • Keep the weight in line with your body. From the side view, we should be able to draw a straight line down from the weight to your ankle

NOT CONTROLLING THE DIP PORTION OF THE PUSH PRESS

  • Keep the dip brief and controlled- only bend your knees enough to extend forcefully.

CHALLENGE

Perform 1/3rd of your body weight in each hand for 5 Repetitions

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DUMBBELL PUSH PRESS/SINGLE ARM ALTERNATIVES


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