Dumbbell Shoulder Press Alternatives
Of course, you don’t need dumbbells to do the shoulder press exercise. Here are some other shoulder presses you can do with different equipment.
Barbell Shoulder Press
The barbell shoulder press exercise can be done seated or standing, just like the dumbbell shoulder press. However, the barbell variation may have a shorter range of motion as the bar hits your chest.
Moreover, it requires you to move the weight past the front of your head. But you can also perform this exercise by lowering the bar behind your head.
Smith Machine Shoulder Press
Another barbell shoulder press variation involves using the Smith machine bar mounted on vertical guide rails. With the Smith machine shoulder press, you get the feel of free weights with the fixed movement path of machines.
Machine Shoulder Press
Some gyms have a shoulder press machine with an upright bench seat and handle connected to a weight stack. With this machine, the movement path is fixed, so you can focus on feeling your shoulders do the work.
Landmine Shoulder Press
Lastly, a landmine is a device that turns a barbell into a giant lever that you can use for several exercises, including shoulder presses.