Seated Overhead Press

See how to do an overhead press with SHOCK Personal Trainer Ashley Steele!

How to Seated Overhead Press

Primary Muscles: Upper Body,  Shoulders

Exercise Families: Press

Equipment: Dumbbell

Trainer: Ashley Steele


  1. Sit on a bench or stable surface with both feet planted on the floor, holding a pair of weights with a neutral palm (facing toward the body), arms bent 90 degrees.

  2. Press the dumbbells overhead in a wide arcing motion, pause briefly with the dumbbells overhead, and lower the weights back to the starting position with control. Repeat the overhead press for the specified amount of time or repetitions.

  3. You should feel this working the arms, deltoids, and shoulders. 

Alternative Exercises:

Shoulder Press  Lateral Raise

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