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    Default Dumbbell Shoulder Press

    Should you take the dumbbells down until they are almost touching the front of your shoulders, or should you take them down until your arms are at 90 degree angle with the floor no futher?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun
    Should you take the dumbbells down until they are almost touching the front of your shoulders, or should you take them down until your arms are at 90 degree angle with the floor no futher?
    Tale the dumbells down to the shoulder, any 90 degree angle with the arms is only a "partial" rep and is mostly only used for rehabilitation after an injury...
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    Actually (dunno for good or for bad), I keep my arms slightly wide (elbows flared).
    So even when I lower my dumbells down to almost shoulder, my elbows are approx 90 degree (ofcourse slightly less).

    Infact my movt is more like press behind neck, rather than military press (which I have seen many ppl performing)

    Doug/Damien - anything wrong with that?

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    I was taking them down to almost touching my shoulder today, and one of the guys who works in the gym said it was too far and you should only go parallel with the floor, said it puts too much stress on the shoulder or somthing.... i thought i was doing them correctly though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun
    I was taking them down to almost touching my shoulder today, and one of the guys who works in the gym said it was too far and you should only go parallel with the floor, said it puts too much stress on the shoulder or somthing.... i thought i was doing them correctly though
    The gym instructor is wrong and obviously doesnt know about exercise instruction and kinesiology

    Barbell Shoulder Press

    Grasp barbell with slightly wider than shoulder width overhand grip from rack. Position bar near upper chest.

    Execution:
    Press bar until arms are extended overhead. Return to upper chest and repeat.

    Comments:
    Set barbell on forward rack slightly below shoulder height so bar may be more easily monted and racked. Position seat so bar does not hit uprights but close enough to easily mount and rack.

    Dumbell Shoulder Press.

    Position dumbbells to each side of shoulders with elbows below wrists.

    Execution:
    Press dumbbells until arms are extended overhead. Lower and repeat.
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    Out of curiousity, what benefits do dumbbell presses have over barbell; if any?
    I seem to "feel" it alot more with dumbbells... Maybe it's just me though.
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    When you use a bar you will have a dominant side (stronger) and that side will push more than the other weaker side, but with a pair of dumbbells both sides have to work equal..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug
    When you use a bar you will have a dominant side (stronger) and that side will push more than the other weaker side, but with a pair of dumbbells both sides have to work equal..
    Yep, it's easy to tell guys who do to much bar work becuase their dumbbell press weight is so much lighter than their barbell weight
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