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Old 06-28-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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Default Proper form: dumbbell military press

Hi guys,

I currently have a question regarding proper exercise technique on the dumbbell shoulder press.

I used to bring the dumbbells down to the top of the shoulders and pressed them up a bit narrow to take advantage of my triceps strength.

It looked like this:

Recently a physiotherapist crossed my way and he corrected my for:

-Elbows UNDER the dumbbells/wrists . In my case the elbows were always behind them.
- Forearms perpendicular to the floor.
-Only lower to ear level.

Like this:
Seated Dumbbell Military Press | 2nd Wind Sports Training

-I tried to correct it this way but I have a hard time to do it . When trying to get the elbows under the dumbbells it feels like a strong stretch and its damn uncomfortable and difficult to keep this during the reps. I have the impression that i constantly have to push the elbows forward to hold the postion at the bottom of the lift.

- Also with this angle i cannot take advantage of my triceps strength to bring the dumbbells up. I am much weaker this way.

Here I want to ask the pressers which issues are important health wise. I pressed without issues 15 years this way.

Is the guy right?

Thank you!

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