Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredLandmine
  • MechanicsCompound
  • Force TypePush (Bilateral)
  • Experience LevelIntermediate
  • Secondary Muscles
    Abs, Traps, Triceps
Target Muscle Group


Shoulders Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Shoulder To Shoulder Press Overview

The shoulder to shoulder press exercise is an overhead press variation used to target the muscles of the shoulder. Performing the shoulder to shoulder press will also greatly challenge the muscles of the core as well as the triceps.

While the main focus of the shoulder to shoulder press is to work the shoulders, its main beneficial difference when compared to other shoulder press variations is the need for the core to stabilize the body while moving the weight from shoulder to shoulder.

Shoulder To Shoulder Press Instructions

  1. Assume a standing position with your spine neutral and feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Shoulder the barbell in both hands on one side of your body.
  3. Once the barbell is in place, take a deep breath and press to lockout by extending the elbow and flexing the shoulder.
  4. Slowly lower the barbell back to the other shoulder and repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Shoulder To Shoulder Press Tips

  1. Don’t allow the head to jut forward excessively.
  2. Exhale at lockout and ensure the abs stay engaged to prevent yourself from leaning back.
  3. If you sense any pressure in your neck or traps during the movement, look to address a lack of thoracic spine extension or shoulder flexion.
  4. Keeping the elbows slightly bent at the top and not locking out entirely will help to keep tension on the shoulders.
  5. If you can’t lock out the elbows overhead than it may indicate a lack of shoulder mobility due to poor scapular upward rotation.
  6. Ensure the rib cage stays down and you’re not falling into excessive hyperextension.
  7. Utilize a staggered stance to prevent yourself from overarching as you press.