Barbell Military Press Exercise Guide
Barbell Military Press is a strength exercise that works your traps, deltoids and front deltoids.
Barbell Military Press is a great basic move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your neck, shoulders, upper back and upper body.
It requires barbell to do.
How to do Barbell Military Press
Grasp barbell from rack or clean barbell from floor with overhand grasp, somewhat broader than shoulder width. Place bar in front of face.
Press bar upward until arms are extended overhead. Lower to front of neck and repeat.
See unrack and rack technique. Feet may be positioned shoulder width apart or one foot in front of other with forward leg slightly bent (as shown). Upper chest assists (instead of side delts) since grip is slightly narrower and chest is high with low back arched back slightly. Also known as Overhead Press.
Learn how to do barbell military press from this step-by-step illustrations:
The muscles used for barbell military press may change slightly based on the your trained range of motion and technique, but in the most general case, the muscles used for barbell military press are:
- Front Deltoids
- Rear Deltoids
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|Muscles Worked||Trapezius, Triceps Brachii, Deltoids, Pectorals, Lateral Deltoids, Anterior Deltoids|
|Difficulty Level(s)||Basic, Easy|
|Target muscle(s)||Traps, Deltoids, Front Deltoids|
|Synergyst muscle(s)||Triceps, Pecs, Rear Deltoids|