How to Do Machine Shoulder Press: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

Machine Shoulder Press exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Machine Shoulder Press

Muscles worked in machine shoulder press

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Do Machine Shoulder Press

  1. Adjust the machine to the appropriate settings, sit down, and grip the handles.
  2. Press the handles upwards until your arms are straight.
  3. Lower the handles with control.


The machine shoulder press is an exercise that offers more stability and requires less balance and coordination than shoulder presses with for example dumbbells or a barbell. That could lead to an increased focus on the muscles worked, and also makes it easy to learn for a beginner.

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