Behind Neck Press

Behind the neck press, or barbell shoulder press is perhaps the best and worst exercise for the shoulders. It is the best because it can really target the deltoids with a heavy amount of resistance to help build aesthetically pleasing shoulders as well as strengthen them. It can be considered the worst shoulders exercise by some because for some people the behind the neck press can lead to both acute and overuse injuries of the shoulder. The most basic piece of advice is to use common sense. If you feel any pain or discomfort when performing this shoulder press, stop and do something different such as dumbbell shoulder press.


Equipment Needed


Spotter (Recommended)

Target Muscle(s)

Medial Deltoids

Anterior Deltoids



Shoulder Stabilizers



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