This exercise builds strength in the shoulder muscles.
In addition to training the shoulders, your core muscles will also come into play throughout the exercise to support the back and spine, and keep you steady as you perform the exercise. This is especially important given the standing position.
Performing the Exercise:
Hold dumbbells in each hand with your arms at the side. Plant your feet on the floor at about shoulder-width apart, just slightly wider than hip-width, and then bring one foot forward so that you’re in a split stance.
Draw up your spine so that your head is aligned with your shoulders and hips, and your weight is equally distributed between your legs. Your knees should be slightly bent.
Tighten up your abdominals to support the back and spine, then bring the dumbbells up to shoulder height, with your palms facing forward. . This will put you in a “wide” position that should see your upper arms aligned with your shoulders, elbows bent at 90 degrees, and your wrists and the dumbbells directly over your elbows.
Pull your shoulder blades back and down, and then press the dumbbells up and over your head by extending your elbows until your arms are directly overhead with your hands next to each other. Your hands will describe a wide arc from the wider start position to the closed end position.
Lower the dumbbells back to shoulder height. Repeat for the required number of repetitions.
Keep your back muscles tight and controlled so that you do not arch your spine.