Discover the optimal form and range of motion for this Dumbbell Shoulder Press for real shoulder growth.
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How To Get Huge Results With The Shoulder Press Brian Kramer: Hey there guys! Brian Kramer here, from MuscleLibraryTV.com, helping to bring a muscle friendly lifestyle to you. And here we are taking you back into the gym, to show you a great pressing movement for your shoulders. One that should become one of your primary exercises for putting some serious mass on to your delts. What we are going to be doing is perform the shoulder press with dumbbells today. Now, there are three great things about using dumbbells for this movement. The first thing is that dumbbells recruit more muscle fibers in and around the shoulders, because you have to stabilize and balance with each dumbbell individually. Therefore providing more stress on the intended muscles. Now the second thing is that dumbbells provide for the greatest range of motion. And then finally, you can do this exercise and there could be complete failure, safely. Because when you are fully fatigued, you can just roll the dumbbells to drop on, on to your thighs. So, just like most of the other exercises that we are going to show you, we are going to show you how to perform this movement, while keeping constant tension on your shoulder muscles throughout the entire range of motion. And this is one of the laws to achieve maximum stimulation in your shoulders. So, let's head into the gym guys on working out shoulders. Male Speaker: Alright there guys! To begin this exercise, we position the back of the bench in a fully upright position. From here, we are going to bring the dumbbells up onto our thighs and then forcefully kick them up into our bottom starting position. Here the dumbbells are going to be just above our shoulders and next to our heads. So, next we want to make sure my feet are positioned in a nice wide stance, when I bring them back down after the kick up. Now, this is going to ensure, we have a nice strong, stable base through our body. Then we are going to raise our dumbbells up through the top starting position, take a breath and get our body set, physically and mentally to do some meaningful controlled drifts. Now let's examine the starting point and ending point for this movement. At the top point of this movement, you can see that we never lock out the elbows. There is virtually no benefit to our shoulder muscles or elbow joints for that matter, if we do this. So, we are not going to. In depth of the bottom position is movement we are only going to lower the dumbbells until they are about a height, even with our ears. We don't need to bring the dumbbells any lower than ear level, because we are not going to gain any additional benefits by doing so. Plus by bringing them below your level, this seem to take some of fluidity out of the movement. When I try to picture this movement in mind, it's that my arms are like powerful hydraulic pistons that will raise away in a consistent powerful base, straight up and down. Now, one thing to note is that you want to keep arms flared out nice and wide throughout the entire movement. Almost to the point that if you had your back up against the wall, your elbows will be out wide enough that they will touch the wall as well. So, if you observe the path that the dumbbells follow, you can see that we have the inside portion of the dumbbell positioned respectively over each shoulder, at the bottom part of the movement as well as the top part of the movement. When you are using a seriously challenging amount of weight, like you should be when you are trying to gain muscle mass, you would just want to press the weight, straight up and down. What I mean by this is that you don't want to bring the dumbbells together over your head and in arching motion and allow them to touch. You just want to bring them straight up and down. Just like we spoke about earlier, this dumbbell shoulder press is going to be one of your best mass building exercises to help you initial development. Now, this movement is going to hit more of th