Seated Dumbbell Press

The difficulty performing the seated dumbbell press exercise lies in maintaining trunk and elbow position, as there’s a strong tendency to arch your back (which places extra stress on your spine) as well as allow the dumbbells to drift out of position.

This exercise targets your shoulders, rotator cuff, triceps and abdominal muscles.

Maintain position of your trunk, wrists and head during the exercise to facilitate muscle activation and joint protection. Further, pretend you’re holding a barbell in your hands so that the dumbbells stay parallel to the ground.

If you’ve had a shoulder or neck injury, this is a highly advanced exercise that shouldn’t be performed until later in physical therapy.

Starting Position

Sit up with your feet in front of you so as to protect your back. Pull your shoulder blades back but do not arch your back. Next, pull your belly inward away from your pant line. Set the dumbbells so they are parallel to the ground (i.e., wrists straight) and at about ear level.

Execution

While maintaining trunk/head position, raise your elbows to ear level and then back down.

Repeat as directed by your physical therapist.

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We strongly recommend that you do not attempt to perform any of our exercises without formal training from our physical therapists so as to avoid potential injury. The exercises shown have specific purpose and yield benefits when performed in conjunction with a complete therapy program that is customized to each patient. The only way this can be initiated is through an initial evaluation.

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