Seated Smith Machine Shoulder Press


  • Sit on a bench, unrack a barbell and lower it to the starting position at the top of your chest.
  • Press the bar up to straight arms, while exhaling.
  • Inhale at the top, or while lowering the bar with control back to your chest.
  • Repeat for reps.


Smith machine shoulder press differs from a free barbell press primarily by it’s completely fixed bar path, which lessens the requirements of stabilization and balance. This can make it easier to focus on the muscles trained.

Muscles Worked


  • Front Deltoid


  • Triceps
  • Middle Deltoid

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