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Standing Overhead Press

This Shoulder Exercise is the Truest Test of One's Strength and is a Complete Upper Body Exercise

Welcome to our Standing Overhead Press Exercise Instruction Guide!

On this page you'll learn how to do this shoulders exercise using the correct technique. Below you'll find pictures, exercise instructions, and tips on how to get the most out of this and other Shoulder Exercises so you can immediately add to your next Shoulder Workout Routine and other Weight Training Routines.

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Exercise Summary

Exercise Name:Standing Overhead Press (Military Press)
Main Muscle:Deltoid
Secondary Muscle(s):Trapezius, Chest, Triceps, Back (Stabilizer)
Exercise Type:Compound, Push
Equipment Required:Barbell

Exercise Description and Instruction:

The standing overhead press is also called the military press, which got its name because the military used is as the truest test of one's strength.  This shoulders exercise tests functional strength and calls on your back stabilizer muscles, which are not used in shoulder press variations with a back support.

We use the terms military press, shoulder press, and overhead press interchangeably.


  1. This shoulder exercise is not recommended for those with shoulder or back problems.
  2. Complete the exercise in a slow and controlled manner. Use a very light amount of weight until you are comfortable with the lift.
  3. Focus on keeping your back straight and squeezing your traps as you extend your arms.

Now that you've seen the Standing Overhead Press, check out all of our different Shoulder Exercises.   Or, view some of our most popular trapezius and deltoid exercise variations and other related pages below. 


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