Barbell Push Press

Intermediate Level of Difficulty

The barbell push press is an intermediate upper body exercise that targets the shoulders.


Picture of Shoulders


The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. However, it is an unstable joint because of the range of motion allowed. This instability increases the likelihood of joint injury, often leading to a degenerative process in which tissues break down and no longer function well.

Picture of Triceps


Triceps are an often forgotten muscle group. Triceps are located on the opposite side of the biceps at the back of the upper arm. Well strengthened and defined triceps make the arm look bigger and sleeker (reducing the "flabby arm" look).

Equipment Used

Picture of Barbell


A barbell is a piece of exercise equipment used in weight training, weightlifting and powerlifting. Barbells range in length from 4 feet (1.2 m) to 8 feet (2.4 m) and vary in diameter.

Exercise Instructions

barbell push press - step 1

Step 1

Start with the bar on your shoulders in the rack position with your feet shoulder width apart.

barbell push press - step 2

Step 2

Quickly dip at the knees and then drive back up and press the barbell up towards the ceiling.

barbell push press - step 3

Step 3

Lower the barbell back into the rack position absorbing some of the weight with your legs.