🔥BEHIND THE NECK SHOULDER PRESS IS IT WORTH IT ?
📍Similar to the behind the neck lat pull down, there are similar implications for doing the shoulder press in this position. In most cases, it is not recommended to go behind the neck.
📍The purpose of going behind the neck may help in activating the delts more but it isn’t necessarily worth it considering there are other exercises you can do to help activate those muscles further.
📍Reason to Avoid This Exercise
- The behind the neck shoulder press puts the shoulder in a high five position of abduction and external rotation. This position creates significant strain on the anteroinferior glenohumeral ligaments (front of the shoulder joint).
- The rotator cuff is at risk for impingement.
- This can also stress the cervical region by putting the head into excessive flexion.
- Because of the increased forward head position combined with the repetitive motion can potentially produce temporary brachial plexus nerve injury.
📍Doing behind the neck press isn’t inherently bad, but if you have suffered from shoulder injuries or are susceptible to injuries, this may not be a good exercise to choose. This just puts in an “at risk” position since generally it can exacerbate shoulder conditions. I would say play it safe and stick to having the bar in front if you’re the average lifter. Not worth the risk.