Behind The Neck Press

Intermediate Level of Difficulty

The behind the neck shoulder press is a challenging upper body strength exercise that targets the shoulders and requires proper shoulder mobility.


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

behind the neck press - step 1

Step 1

Start in a standing position while gripping the bar across your shoulders.

behind the neck press - step 2

Step 2

Stay tight through your lower body and core as you pres the bar over head and fully extend your elbows.

behind the neck press - step 3

Step 3

Lower the bar back down to your shoulders with full control and then repeat.