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Strict Press (Shoulder Press)

Written by Coryn Littler

January 2, 2020

Strength Exercises | Weightlifting Movements - Presses

The strict press is great for developing shoulder strength and tricep strength.

Grip stance will be approximately a thumbs width from hips when holding the bar. Using a rack will be easier to start, otherwise, you will need to clean the bar into the position shown below.

Note that compared to a Front Squat where our humerus (upper arm) is parallel to the ground, presses require our elbows to drop down to help put more shoulder and arm power into the lift.


  • Keep hips as level as possible
  • Brace core as much as possible before and during the lift
  • Avoid excessive lumbar curve as you press the bar up.
  • If struggling with the “rack position” and elbow flexibility, build up wrist flexibility with exercises such as handstands and reverse grip push-ups (based on your level of competency)

Remember to seek the advice of your fitness trainer, medical and/or allied health professionals, if you are new to exercise or have an injury or medical condition to consider.

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