Exercise Instructions:

  1. Support your back with a bench at a 90* angle.
  2. Keep your shoulders pinned back, chest puffed out.
  3. Load two dumbbells to slightly lower than 90* at shoulder level, then press them up.
  4. The difference between the X PRESS and a regular DB SHOULDER PRESS is the way we finish the rep. Notice how I go straight up and down (see video)? This keeps constant tension on my shoulders, creating a greater contraction in the working muscles, and making the exercise safer by removing the portion of the rep where we’d have the dumbbells straight overhead. You might need a lighter weight, because the burn is constant, but it’s a better exercise.

Muscles Worked: