dumbbell shoulder overhead press

In this article, I am going to share with you why I use dumbbells for doing the Shoulder Dumbbell Press Exercise. Also, find here the most serious mistakes that the trainers usually make while doing a Shoulder Press workout with dumbbells & a DEMO VIDEO!

I prefer doing overhead shoulder press with dumbbells instead of barbell because:

Number 1: Dumbbells make sure that your each side gets an equal opportunity to grow stronger.

Number 2: They help increase range of motion.

Number 3: Dumbbell shoulder press exercise is safe for beginners.

How To do Standing Shoulder Press Exercise With Dumbbells Properly?

Start Position

You are going to stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Grab a dumbbell in each hand, and lift them to your head height. You are going to position your elbows out at about 90 degrees. Keep your hands in line with your ears and palms facing forward. Now tighten your core, squeeze your glutes and maintain your low back straight, and don’t lean back. This is your starting position.


You are going to lift both the dumbbells together directly above your head until your arms are fully extended and the dumbbells almost touch overhead.

Pause for 1 or 2 seconds, and then return the dumbbells down to the starting position. This completes one rep.

Do the desired number of reps & sets.

Common Shoulder Press Mistakes

Let’s now see what are the most common dumbbell shoulder press mistakes and how to avoid them:

Number 1: Keep your movements in a slow and controlled motion and don’t use momentum.

Number 2: Don’t allow your back to round. At the top position, your body should form one straight column all through from your head to feet.

Number 3: Keep your head straight in front throughout the movement.

Number 4: Don’t use very heavyweight as this can lead to arching of your lower back, which can cause lower back injury and pain over time.

Enjoy doing shoulder press exercise to build strong shoulders.

Watch this very useful Video for developing front & sides of your shoulders:

About Author: Renu Bakshi, AKA Fitness Buffhq, is ISSA Certified Elite Trainer. He passed Renu Bakshi AKA Fitness BuffhqPersonal Fitness Trainer Course, Nutrition Health Coach course & Specialist Exercise Therapy course from ISSA, USA obtaining + 97% marks. He shares his experience and knowledge about nutrition and effective workouts to get you in the best shape of your life, no matter how old you may be. The author says: “For me age is just a number!”

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