This exercise trains the front and side deltoids. Dumbbell Shoulder Pressing is similar to the Military Press, but there are significant differences, the biggest difference being the greater range of motion you get using dumbbells.
Dumbbell Shoulder Pressing is my favourite shoulder exercise because of the stretch at the bottom and the contraction at the top.
- Take a seat on a chair or a high incline bench.
- Take hold of a dumbbell in each hand and bring the weights to shoulder height. Elbows out to the sides and with your palms facing forward.
- Press the weights straight up until they touch at the top, then lower them again to the starting position and feel a great stretch in your shoulders.
You have a such a better range of motion than with a barbell. You also have to control two weights at the same time, so you work the stabilizer muscles as well which is great for developing stronger shoulder stability.