The dumbbell shoulder press exercise is one of the greatest exercises you can do at home to train your shoulders. Here is what it does and how to safely do it at home.
Dumbbell Shoulder Presses
The dumbbell shoulder press mainly exercises the front (“anterior”) shoulder muscle, but it also engages the upper portion of the chest, the triceps, a bit of the side delts and the middle and lower traps muscles. In short, you get a long of bang for the buck.
They also are rather simple to do, because all you have to do is hold two dumbbells at shoulder height and then raise them above your head.
I will be the first to admit that I don’t have the most intelligent facial expressions when I demonstrate exercises:
Shoulder Muscles Are Small Muscles!
As said in the video and because I’m just so fond of reminding people of the safety aspect: the shoulder muscles are small and don’t require a lot of weight. So start out light and only gradually up the weight, always remembering that damage to the shoulder muscles means most upper body exercises will be out of bounds for weeks or even months. Dropping something heavy on your head because you lose control of the weight is also among the less pleasant experiences out there.