Machine Shoulder Press Exercise Guide & Video

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Watch Machine Shoulder Press

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Step 1. Grab the machine at the handles and press upward.

Step 2. Lock out at the top of the motion.

Step 3. Return to just above the starting position. Do not let the weight touch the rest of the weight stack until you are done.


The machine shoulder press is a basic size and strength building exercise for the frontal deltoids. This exercise is often preferred to the dumbbell shoulder press or the military press because the motion is easier on the joints. As men age, the heavier weights can cause pain in the shoulder joint. This exercse provides a good range of motion. Because you are not actually pushing the weight overhead, it is easier to get a longer range of motion. You no longer have to worry about bring the weight down too far and not being able to get it back up. The handles can be adjusted to set the proper starting position for you. The downside to this exercise is that the stabilizer muscles are not being worked because of the strict range of motion determined by the machine.

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Updated: March 30th, 2015