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Barbell Exercise: Military Press

Barbell Exercise: Military Press

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September 25, 2014
Updated May 17, 2016
Category: Fitness

Summary

The Barbell Military Press is the good old standard for building upper body and shoulder strength. When performing heavy military presses you will notice big gains in other lifts as well as greater strength throughout your entire body. The military press is definitely a must for anyone looking to put on muscle and strength.

Exercise Steps

Step 1: Set up the loaded barbell at slightly lower than shoulder height in a rack

Step 2: Walk into the bar grasping it with both hands and driving your elbows under and forward

Step 3: Stand with the bar and step back to clear the rack

Step 4: From this position, press the barbell straight up to elbow lockout.

Step 5: Lower barbell back into the Rack Position.

Tips & Safety: Keep your back straight, heels down, and your core tight throughout the duration.

John Wolf
John Wolf is Onnit's Chief Fitness Officer, and an expert in unconventional training methods such as kettlebell, steel club, and suspension training. With 15-plus years of experience in the fitness industry, he has worked with rehab clients and athletes of all levels. He moves like Spider Man and can deadlift more than 500 pounds any day of the week.

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