Behind the Neck Press: Muscles Worked & Technique

Behind the Neck Press exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Behind the Neck Press

Muscles worked in behind the neck press

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Do Behind the Neck Press

  • Grab a bar slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, and duck under it so that it is resting against the base of your neck.
  • Take a breath, lightly brace your core, and unrack the bar. Take a step back.
  • Press the bar up until your arms are straight, while exhaling.
  • Inhale at the top, or while lowering the bar with control back to the base of your neck.
  • Repeat for reps.


Behind the neck press trains the strength, stability, and mobility of your shoulders. This exercise can also be performed with the aid of your legs, like in a push press or jerk.

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