I was told by a fitness instructor that i was making a "big mistake" to do dumbbell shoulder press with my palms facing in towards my head instead of away from me to the front
i would like to know if this is true as i couldnt see why
i also had my arms tucked in close to my body too, kinda like with the weights directly infront of my shoulders instead of out to the side
i really cant see why this would be wrong though
Was there a particular reason that you were doing them palms facing and out in front of your body (Injury or ROM limitation)?
I would perform them as shown in this illustration.
I'm curious about this too. I always do them with palms forward, with the same basic movement that's used with a barbell press, but I've seen guys do them with a 90° twist on the way up, and then again on the way down. I've always wondered what the point is with that.
i find i can lift a lot more like this, as im using pure shoulder to press upwards and not supporting my outstretched arm at the same time. and it doesnt put any strain on my shoulder joint, it feels like its just the muscle its working
now that i think about it im sure iv seen people doing them like that, doing a hammer curl, then pressing upwards to do the shoulders aswell, but i wasnt actually doing the curl first, just resting them at my shoulders and pushing them up
Last edited by Mr_Banger; 09-18-2009 at 09:59 AM.
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Mr. Banger - Part of the reason that you may be able to move more weight with a neutral grip, out in front shoulder press is that this variation actually involves more triceps and chest (less deltoids). It would definitely take some focus away from the medial deltoids which are typically what make your shoulders look "big".
I would say to stick with the standard form like the picture that I posted, unless you have some type of injury or flexibility issue that prevents you from doing that exercise.
Rememeber, just because you are using more weight does not mean that you are building more muscle or more strength. I can do quarter squats all day long but we all know that it is not the key to leg development (not that your movement is the same as quarter squats; just an example).