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How to Do an Overhead Press for Female Strength Training

Learn how do an overhead press from personal trainer Erin Sharoni in this Howcast workout video.


Hey my name is Erin and I'm a former U.S. Junior Olympic Certified swim coach and personal trainer, and fitness is my passion, so I cannot wait to share it with you guys. [music] Alright, next we're going to go into our upper body. Overhead press. Pick up some weights that are comfortable for you. If you're just starting out and you're a beginner, five pounds should do it. You know your body so work with what's best for you. After about 8-10 reps, it should feel difficult. If it doesn't you're too light. If it's too hard, it's too heavy.

I'm using 5 pound weights here for demonstration purposes. Feet are a little wider than hip width apart, give yourself some stability. Bring your arms up like so, elbows bent 90 degrees. You'll press up, and back to 90 degrees. Pressing up, and back to 90 degrees. Again, make sure your wrists are nice and straight. You want to think of the entire shoulder through to the elbow moving up in an arc. It's not about pushing up, it's not about moving from the elbow joint. Bring the whole arm up into an arc as you happen to be bent at the elbow. That's really great for the shoulders. A nice simple, basic move, keep it in your arsenal.

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