Barbell Military Press

Practical Usage

Incorporate this exercise into the routine of your choice with the upcoming ExRx app. Or use the workout creation guide for an evidence-based do-it-yourself approach.

Barbell Military Press


Utility: Basic
Mechanics: Compound
Force: Push



Grasp barbell from rack or clean barbell from floor with overhand grip, slightly wider than shoulder width. Position bar in front of neck.


Press bar upward until arms are extended overhead. Lower to front of neck and repeat.


See unrack and rack technique. Feet may be positioned shoulder width apart or one foot in front of other with forward leg slightly bent (as shown). Upper chest assists (instead of side delts) since grip is slightly narrower and chest is high with low back arched back slightly. Also known as Overhead Press. Also see Push Press and Press Strength Standards.

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