Machine Shoulder Press: Muscles Worked & Technique

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

  • Adjust the machine to the appropriate settings, sit down, and grip the handles.
  • Press the handles upwards until your arms are straight.
  • 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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