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8 Reasons to Go Overhead

  1. Upper Body Strength: Overhead pressing primarily targets the shoulders, triceps, and upper chest, leading to increased strength in these muscle groups. This can improve overall upper body strength, making daily tasks easier.

  2. Shoulder Stability: Overhead pressing movements engage the stabilizing muscles around the shoulders, promoting better shoulder stability and reducing the risk of injury during activities that require reaching or lifting overhead.

  3. Core Activation: Overhead pressing requires core engagement to stabilize the body and maintain proper form. Consistent overhead pressing can help strengthen the core muscles, leading to better posture and stability in everyday movements.

  4. Improved Posture: Strengthening the muscles involved in overhead pressing, such as the deltoids and upper back muscles, can help improve posture by counteracting the effects of slouching and rounded shoulders.

  5. Functional Strength: Many daily activities and sports movements involve overhead motions, such as reaching for items on high shelves or throwing objects overhead. Overhead pressing exercises mimic these movements, improving functional strength and making everyday tasks easier to perform.

  6. Enhanced Shoulder Mobility: Overhead pressing exercises require a good range of motion in the shoulders. Regular practice can help improve shoulder flexibility and mobility, reducing stiffness and discomfort in the shoulder joint.

  7. Bone Health: Weight-bearing exercises like overhead pressing can help improve bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and osteopenia, especially when combined with proper nutrition and sufficient vitamin D intake.

  8. Increased Metabolic Demand: Overhead pressing movements are compound exercises that engage multiple muscle groups simultaneously. This can increase calorie expenditure during workouts and contribute to overall metabolic health when combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise routine.

Personal Trainers Amaury Tixerant & Jamie Wilson performing the Overhead Press.

It's important to note that proper form and progression are crucial to reaping these benefits while minimizing the risk of injury. Clients should start with lighter weights and focus on mastering technique before progressing to heavier loads. Additionally, individual differences in mobility, strength, and injury history should be taken into account when prescribing overhead pressing exercises.

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