Mountain Bike Exercise Highlight – The Shoulder Press

I didn’t think much about the Shoulder Press when I first started working out in high school. First, I wanted bigger pecs so the ladies would look at me and everyone knew that bench pressing exercises were what you needed to focus on. Second, I couldn’t lift nearly as much weight as I could for those bench pressing exercises, which made it harder to try and impress the girls on the treadmills.

However, something funny happened as I studied the art of strength more. It seemed that everyone I respected talked about the need to build a strong overhead press since it was the true measure of upper body strength, not the bench press. This led me to focus more on my overhead pressing and, as a result, I’ve grown to really appreciate what it can do for you both on the trail and in everyday life.

In this new video I go over the coaching cues I’ve found help people best execute the exercise, some common mistakes tat can cause pain and how to avoid them as well as some advanced tips to help you get the most out of every rep. I also explain more about how this exercise can help you ride with more strength and stability on the trail.

-James Wilson-

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  1. TR says:

    Great post James. The problem I have is that my gym doesn’t have any kettlebells. I love all of the kettlebell movements you highlight but it would be nice if you could also highlight the dumbell variation as well and show what changes when using a dumbell vs. kettlebell.

    Reply • April 12 at 11:00 am
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      I really wouldn’t do anything different. When I use DBs I still start in the Rack Position and follow all of the same coaching cues. The principles I talk about apply to any method, be it KBs, DBs, sandbags or anything else.

      Reply • April 14 at 9:53 am
  2. Darren says:

    Hi James,
    Do you recommend that we do one side at a time? Traditionally, I’ve done this with dumbbells and both left and right at the same time, which seemed to help keep me balanced.

    Reply • April 12 at 11:41 am
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      I do both. You should do single sided presses to make sure you don’t have any imbalances between the two sides and to train the core to resist rotation and use double KB/ DB presses to train max strength and your ability to produce a more core tension.

      Reply • April 14 at 9:52 am

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