You walk into the gym, planning on benching the roof, and it’s like you just walked into the mall on Black Friday. It’s packed. Every bench is taken. Now what? You just trained legs the day before and two days ago you blasted your back and biceps. You need a big lift that hits your upper body. It’s quite the predicament you’re in. Then miraculously, you remember something, the standing barbell shoulder press.
The standing barbell shoulder press is an incredible exercise that targets a large area of muscle and increases the stability of your core. Most of the work is done by the anterior and lateral deltoids. There is a long list of secondary muscles that are worked: posterior deltoids, pectoral muscles, triceps and traps. Lower back muscles and abdominal muscles are also included in the exercise since they help with stabilization.
Despite the large amounts of muscle used to perform the standing barbell shoulder press, not many people see it’s benefits. People seem to have replaced it entirely with the seated press, dumbbell press, and machine shoulder press.
In your quest to building an athletic and powerful top, let’s look into a few benefits of incorporating the standing barbell shoulder press.
Just like with all big compound lifts (deadlift, squat, bench), the standing barbell shoulder press can stimulate a high hormonal response. For you boys out there trying to look more like a man, this is a good thing. The release of growth hormone and testosterone has been shown to elevate when big compound lifts are performed, especially at the beginning of a workout. Those to aforementioned hormones are responsible for muscle growth.
Another benefit to performing the standing barbell shoulder press is the strengthening of the shoulder girdle. The shoulder girdle, essentially, is your clavicle and scapula. The shoulder girdle is what connects your arm to the rest of your body. Strengthening this is essential for injury prevention and for stacking on muscle mass on the top section of your body.
Another benefit is the fact that doing the standing barbell shoulder press builds serious muscle on your shoulders. Having broad and thick shoulders certainly adds in a positive way to achieving an aesthetic look.
Activating your core musculature is another benefit of this exercise. All of us can benefit from having more exercises that work our core. When performing the standing barbell shoulder press, you core has to stabilize your body through out the entire lift.
Add the standing shoulder barbell press to your training regimen. This exercise can be used during a push training session or really any time you are looking to get a solid shoulder exercise in. It will assist you in achieving the wide and powerful look.