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Shoulder Press (BowFlex Barbell)

Muscles worked: This exercise emphasizes the front portion of the shoulder muscles (front deltoids and the front part of the middle deltoids), the rotator cuff muscles, the upper back muscles (trapezius), and the triceps muscles located on the back of the upper arms. Pulley position: Low pulleys only. Starting position: • Sit on the bench facing away from the Power Rods®, directly over the low pulleys, knees bent and feet flat on the floor. • Adjust the bar harness to provide tension at the bottom of the movement while still completing the top of the movement. • Bring the bar up to shoulder level. • Keep your chest up, abdominals tight and maintain a very slight arch in your lower back. Motion: • Straighten arms overhead. • Slowly return to starting position keeping tension in the front shoulder muscles. • Do not press from behind the neck as this places undue stress on the joint capsule. Key points: • Keep the abdominals tight throughout the entire motion. • Maintain good spinal alignment.
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