We all understand the importance of exercises such as squats and lunges but how regularly do you do an overhead press - the weight training exercise typically performed while standing - at the gym?
Many people think overhead presses are simply a shoulder workout and can be overlooked in favour of alternatives. However, the overhead press has a lot of additional benefits:
- Building core strength
Lifting a weight overhead increases the need for balance and stability, developing the muscles in your core and back.
- Burning extra calories
Because this is a compound movement that works not just your shoulders but also your chest, arms, back and core, you burn more calories performing this, particularly using a heavyweight.
- Improving push-ups and pull-ups
Because it works on your chest and back muscles, you will find you have better strength and muscle stability to do other upper body exercises.
- Reducing arm fat
Since your shoulders and arms are mostly activated during the exercise, increasing muscle mass in that area will help them look leaner and slimmer.