This week’s workout is a shoulder press. This strength movement will increase shoulder strength and allow you to perform more complex movements that involve your rotator cuff. An example of a rotator cuff movement is a pull-up. Increasing the the strength within your shoulder will also help in preventing shoulder injury. You may either use dumbbells or a barbell to perform the shoulder press, either way your hand positioning will not change. Begin by holding your weight of choice in the center. With the dumbbells your hands should be in the center of each weight and with a barbell they should be shoulder-width apart. Your palms should be facing away from you with your fingers wrapped around the bar. Hold the weight at shoulder height with the back of your hands touching your shoulders. Begin to lift the weight over your head so that it stays close to your body. Once the weight is fully extended begin to bring the weight back to starting position. Make sure your wrists are as straight as possible throughout this whole process and that you do not rotate your wrists.
Do three sets of four repetitions. Make sure to take a one-minute break between each set.