🔥 SHOULDER PRESS & VARIATIONS WHICH IS BETTER
💥 The shoulder press is a great exercise for developing the whole deltoid, however there are many variations of the exercise and it can be hard to choose which is the best one for you. We’re going to compare 4 variations of the shoulder press, dumbbell press (seated & standing) and barbell press (seated and standing).
When comparing standing vs seated shoulder press the standing seemed to either be higher in activation or trend towards it. While dumbbell had greater activation for the most part, it seems with that activation comes a drastic decrease in 1rm relative to the other variations. The seated position seems to allow for more weight to be lifted, as well as the barbell due to the increased stability.
So, even if the dumbbell press seems to have higher activation it may be due to the decreased stability. However, this would make it a great exercise for innervation or increase motor control of the delts for novice lifters or when coming back into training after some time off.
💪 The Barbell press also tended to place a greater demand on the biceps when compared to the dumbbell press and the triceps in the standing barbell press. This can be placed under consideration when incorporating this exercise between training arms or chest when those muscles may be fatigued.
The standing barbell press is a great exercise for overall strength and size gain but adding different variations of the shoulder press can be beneficial in different situations. Which shoulder press do you use?