Standing Neutral Grip Alternating Dumbbell Press Video Guide

Exercise Profile

  • Strength
  • Dumbbell
  • Compound
  • Push (Unilateral)
  • Beginner
  • Abs, Traps, Triceps
Shoulders Exercises Diagram Target Muscle Group

Exercise Instructions

  1. Assume a standing position with your spine neutral, ribcage down, and head looking straight ahead.
  2. Curl the dumbbells into position on your shoulders and ensure your spine remains in a neutral position by bracing your core. (Note: as the weight gets heavier you may have to utilize more of a clean motion to get them into place or allow a spotter to help)
  3. Maintain a neutral grip, take a deep breath, and press one dumbbell overhead by extending the elbow and contracting the deltoid.
  4. Slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position (the arms should be roughly 90 degrees or slightly lower depending upon limb lengths) and repeat with the opposite side.
  5. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Exercise Tips

  1. Don’t allow the head to jut forward excessively.
  2. Drive the bicep to the ear and exhale as you press.
  3. If you sense any pressure in your neck or traps during the movement, look to address a lack of thoracic spine extension or shoulder flexion.
  4. Keeping the elbows slightly bent at the top and not locking out entirely will help to keep tension on the shoulders.
  5. If you can’t lock out the elbows overhead than it may indicate a lack of shoulder mobility due to poor scapular upward rotation.

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