How To Do Resistance Band Overhead Shoulder Press

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

Chris Freytag demonstrating an overhead shoulder press with a resistance band wearing a red top and blue exercise pants

Resistance Band Overhead Press is an exercise that strengthens the shoulder muscle and increases the stability in the body. Pressing the resistance of the band upward is done with the shoulder or deltoid muscle. In addition, as the band is being pressed, you need to tighten your core and glutes, which increases stability throughout the body. If you learn how to do Resistance Band Overhead Press you will have another option for strengthening your shoulders.

Resistance Bands are wonderful tools to have in your arsenal. Dumbbells and barbells are great training tools, but they are fixed in one location. One of the benefits of the band is the portability. You can take your workout wherever you go! Another benefit is the range of exercises that can be done. But don’t get stuck on one tool or another when it comes to strength training. The best trainers mix and match many items in one workout. Use dumbbells for one exercise and move to the band for another. And don’t be fooled by the lightness of the band. You are going to get a kick-butt workout using this little tool!

When performing the Resistance Band Overhead Press, remember to keep your abdominals pulled in tight and slightly bend you knees. If the band it too tight to get a full extension of your arm, simply stand on the center of the band with one foot instead of two. This will give the band a bit more length. Remember that bands come in a variety of tensions based on the color you buy. You may need thicker, tighter bands for leg exercises and thinner bands for shoulders or other upper body moves.

Try this exercise and then check out our awesome workout 7 Resistance Band Moves To Tone the Whole Body.

Here are the steps to performing Resistance Band Overhead Press:

1) Stand with both feet on the center of the band, hip width apart.

2) Bring handles of the band above shoulders so that elbows are bent 90 degrees.

3) Press arms straight up, keeping shoulders down. Slowly lower back above shoulders. Repeat.

Targets: shoulders

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