Smith Machine Overhead Press

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Coach's Tips

It is a shoulder workout that can target the front of the shoulder using a Smith machine. This workout provides more safely than the overhead press with barbells!

How to Smith Machine Overhead Press

Starting Position

1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and grip the barbell with an overhand grip.

2. Lift the barbell up above your head, keeping your arms straight and your elbows slightly bent.

3. Keep your core tight, your back straight and your head in a neutral position.

Proper Form

1. Slowly lower the barbell down to the top of your shoulders.

2. Push the barbell back up to the starting position, keeping your arms straight and your elbows slightly bent.

3. Squeeze your shoulder blades together as you press the barbell up.

4. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Breathing Technique

1. Inhale as you lower the barbell down.

2. Exhale as you press the barbell up.


1. Make sure to keep your core tight and your back straight throughout the exercise.

2. Do not arch your back or lean back as you press the barbell up.

3. Do not lock your elbows out at the top of the movement.

4. Do not allow the barbell to drop down too quickly as you lower it.

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