Seated Top-Hold Dumbbell Presses
Get Set: Sit on bench and hold dumbbells at shoulder height with elbows out to the sides and palms facing forward.
Work: Lift one dumbbell straight up and hold it. Then, lift the other arm. Once the second arm reaches the top position, lower the first arm. Continue this alternating press with a brisk but controlled pace until all reps are complete.
Tip: Don’t lock out the elbow in the top position, as this transfers work to the triceps.
DON’T SHRUG. When performing shoulder presses or raises, it’s easy to tense your traps and neck. Doing so takes the tension out of the deltoid and can strain the neck in the process.