How To: Standing Straight-Bar Military / Overhead Press

What’s going on Nation? I’m gonna demonstrate for you how to do a standing straight bar military press now this exercise is really going to focus on the anterior and medial deltoid before I get started I want to go over a couple quick things with you guys, when you do this exercise you want to make sure you’re keeping your wrist above your elbow and that means two different things the first things it means is you’re not going to be holding the bar like this you’re going to be holding it like that, okay? And the second thing it means is your wrist, your elbows don’t have to be back here it’s going to be right here. So keep your wrist over your elbow maintain a 90 degree angle Now when you grab the bar, before I get started too, if you had any type of shoulder injury consult a physician or get your shoulders checked up before you do any type of military press because you can hurt the area. If you’re ready to go let’s get started, so then grab the bar, okay you can have someone help you and spot you and the way you want to get the bar up you can do it a couple different ways Okay you can even pick it up off a rack if you have a squat rack you want to pick it up off the rack right here that’s fine, too. What you’re going to do is get your wrist above your elbows, okay? Don’t let your shoulders come forward like this, keep them back nice and tight keep your core nice and tight keep your feet about shoulder length apart, keep your heels down as you do the exercise sit up your heels and what you’re going to do is push straight up and when you get to the top you don’t want to stop right here. You want to go for the total mobility, okay? You want to get the full range of motion so press all the way up at the top if you just stop here it’s going to, overtime can get the muscle tight and you won’t have your full range of motion. So go all the way to the top like this come back down and you’re going to stop about Collarbone to chin level okay? Keeping your elbows under your wrists, push straight up all the way to the top come back down, breathe out on the way up just like this full range of motion all the way up one more, full range of motion and that’s how you do a standing straight bar military press. Hope you guys enjoyed this demonstration video and as always More good stuff coming soon. See you guys

96 Replies to “How To: Standing Straight-Bar Military / Overhead Press”

  1. ScottHermanFitness says:


    Overhead pressing can also improve your bench press, so it's definitely something you want to be doing!

  2. YourLocalAlien says:

    Knowing me and my luck I'd probably hit my chin on the way up

  3. Jaysin Rivera says:

    Aye! I got the same bar. Thanks for the tip on the full range of motion!

  4. Total Domination says:

    Does this build your pecks?

  5. Adil Rahman says:

    I’m 14 and I work out in the gym, everyone tells me that lifting weights stop you from growing. Is this true?

  6. Goatlips says:

    LOL, I've spent the last half hour trying to find the #MilitaryPress video where, 2yrs ago, I commented that I was doing alternate in front/behind reps and they felt great.
    I've recently had to stop all weight training because I suddenly developed bad shoulder pain. Battled on for a couple of months, but now I'm resting I can tell the damage is severe & chronic. One probably has a labral tear, the other has a tendon knocking into stuff. Whoops!
    So, don't do #BNP whatever you do kids!

  7. Justin Cohen says:

    Not safe movement

  8. anhad jot singh gill children says:

    Yo the scott bro

  9. Papa Cleo says:

    Put a shirt on, you beast…

  10. Piyush Raut says:

    Are those veins or in built wires to the mic?? in ur neck?? 🤔

  11. ryanthecoonable says:

    Had a 3rd degree a.c. tear. Wondering what's the safest way to recover from it. Tore it twice first was falling down a hill (broke my zygomatic in my face as well) n getting a 2nd degree tear. Then was hit by a car on my way to work about 6-8 months after increasing it to a 3rd. Email me if you have any suggestions.

  12. Inf7cted says:

    I found out this is needed for me to improve my bench press – so thanks for the information. Old video 2012, but im sure this is the way to do it.


  14. Miguel De Man says:

    very powerfull demonstartion with tips and tricks the moody smile makes even better

  15. Frank the Crusader says:

    this lift is impossible

  16. Edward Caleb Gallegos says:


  17. Flamer says:

    Can I do these while sitting? Because the celling is too low in the place where i'm doing them.

  18. Gerard V.C. says:

    Scapular retraction in this exercice? Thanks.

  19. Cody says:

    Not going all the way down, and that weird thing you do at the top is really stupid. You would never pull apart your scapula on a bench press, so why do it on an OHP?

  20. Saurabh Sharma says:

    Your bar is not moving in a straight line. Your head has to move back and forth in order for the bar to move in a straight line

  21. Christian tønnesen says:

    horrible instruction.

  22. Eduardo Gutiérrez says:

    Hey beautiful white boy 😍

  23. Greg1928ory says:

    Wtf he said started instead of stahted was he faking his accent before?

  24. Ching Chong says:

    can you demonstrate with weights as well

  25. AssaSpeed says:

    Aren't you supposed to keep your elbows lookin to the front?

  26. Kevin Demey says:

    2019 still watching

  27. Uriel Martinez says:

    he's now saying Bar instead of Bah. this is weird.

  28. M footing says:

    You're better than anybody else in youtube. Thanks.

  29. 8quetzalcoatl8 says:


  30. I'm On Your Roof says:

    That was the best demonstration of a Standing Straight-Bar Military Press that I've seen. Well done!

  31. Floor People says:

    That last phase of the movement is just scapular(shoulder blade) elevation with maybe slight upward rotation. It makes only the tiniest difference in maintaining glenohumeral(shoulder) range of motion. I believe doing this with a load would actually increase risk of injury. ROM can be worked on with specific ROM exercise.

  32. Nick Moser says:

    I have severe wrist pain after working out what n am I doing wrong

  33. gtizzle101 says:

    This is how all these videos should be. 2 min, tell you exactly what to do, no bullshit and move on.

  34. DonW316 says:

    Hey, i just wanna come back to this video to thank you. I really enjoy your videos and the movements are well explained. This video and the How To: Dumbbell Bent-Over Row video really got me started on my fitness journey and helped me understand these workouts. Keep up the good work, it is much appreciated.

  35. Nae Bother says:

    Does this exercise not require weights at all or is this just an example for how to lift?

  36. V.B ; says:

    He’s using only the barbell for the video but in reality with weights on that thing will need our legs to push the weight upwards a slight bent will help us to do heavy weights


    I use 55 kg on this exercise pretty easy

  38. Mr. K says:

    What is the difference between Barbell Push Press and Standing Military Press?

  39. Mokhalad Aljuboori says:

    Should you bend your back when doing this?

  40. Shawn P says:

    Hands above elbow. I appreciate the guidelines.

  41. A Is For Oil says:

    Young oe rogan

  42. Jay Daniels says:

    Can you do this video again in Boston (accent) please.

  43. laureano padillo says:

    Does it strain your back?

  44. Sean Browne says:

    Does this hit the upper chest too

  45. MrGMountain says:

    What do you do about clicking in the shoulder? But there is no pain.

  46. Asdf Asdf says:

    Nicest guy in all of Jersey

  47. RyanRickyW says:

    Younger scott

  48. ARMANDO says:


  49. XandR says:

    This MF is LinusTechTips for fitness xD

  50. James C says:

    Come on, let's keep the comments mature guys. He's doing a great job. You don't have to be a 250lb roid freak to be a fitness expert. I'm a fitness expert, yeah fittness pizza into my mouth 😀

  51. Ray W. says:

    Thank you so much Scott. I havent done these in years. I am gonna start very light, using the form you have shown on the video.

  52. the American Shepherd says:

    What's the most amount of weight the average man can lift over their head?

  53. dcbjdgjgfdgkaggjgjkg says:

    So I have a horrible issue dislocating my shoulder and I love this press but it almost went really bad last workout. What would be a good substitute?

  54. Dwayan Walks says:

    Grab the Bahhhh! Not Bar 😆

  55. TheOriginalGrownB says:

    He didnt always say Bahbell and Staahded?

  56. naseem rahman says:

    mate i got dystonia n still dre arabic music helps me to do this

  57. naseem rahman says:

    i don even breathe i smoke

  58. KatsuragiKeima17 says:

    Greatly edifying video!

  59. Shadow Helper says:

    Yes I'm Asian you got a problem with that.

    Just kidding l,great video very informative.

  60. Srinivas says:

    Why there is no behind the neck shoulder press video of u????????????

  61. Wiza Hxx says:

    Love this exercise so much. It helps my back get stronger not in pain anymore.

  62. Planet Muscle says:

    Good work .. follow me 💪💪

  63. Dude No wonder says:

    I hate ads

  64. J J says:

    I don't believe shrugging your shoulders while holding weight above your head is wise..

  65. CombatInsomniac says:

    Next Video should be : How to be straighter than a standing straight-bar.

  66. Michael Sarabia says:

    Thx for your good videos broa

  67. Scotty D says:

    This ain't the military press. It's behind the back

  68. dharmapunk777 says:

    You talk like someone who forgot to take their earplugs out.

  69. Mad Mack says:

    Great advise but put a shirt on dude

  70. Thanos Thrylos says:

    Does this exercise train triceps and biceps too in an extent?

  71. skyler robinson says:

    Scott, I’ve had an issue with the barbell overhead press. On the lift, I often find that the bar is not staying parallel to my shoulders on the lift unless I force myself to watch the lift all the way up. I keep my core and glutes contracted for the neutral spine and squared shoulders/hips. I’m worried that a previous shoulder injury is causing unconscious compensation. Do you have any recommendations for keeping the bar from slightly twisting on the path up? I know this is an old video, but hopefully you see this!

  72. bellmeisterful says:

    Great but I see steroids. Its a major cheat and makes it so muych easier to stay disciplined. Results are what keeps us mtivated and he took a magical drug.

  73. Maela Warren says:

    I think this kid was an actor in one episode in "That so raven". Did anyone else notice? Or maybe it's just me.

  74. Валик Путин says:

    It is very difficult to keep the forearms strictly vertical. Especially when you get tired, my elbows go to back.

  75. To Be Continued says:

    You look like a chad linus tech tips

  76. Sir Nicholas D says:

    Old vid but damn these things made me so nauseous I pulled over on the way home and puked everywhere lol

    Very demanding workout with heavy weights, felt like leg day

  77. BarraKade87 says:

    Great form

  78. Thomas Cleveland says:

    :48 Geezus Scott take this video down, you trying to screw people shoulders up…Your elbows need to be further in.

  79. UltraRambo says:

    you are the best dude,thank you

  80. EggMoney420 says:

    The best to ever do it !

  81. Majin Arthur says:


  82. Just for fun says:

    Awesome, thanks brother!

  83. Justin Peterson says:

    This is the best gym channel on YT. The guy gets to the point, and provides good tips and explanations. Good job.

  84. leolion1993 says:

    Next Veins on POINT

  85. mac2894 says:

    Hey Scott, in this video you said to breathe out on the way up, but in another video you said that makes the core collapse and to breathe between reps. Why the change? And what is your current recommendation?

  86. Isaiah Ray says:

    Can you do it behind your head?

  87. Ghaith M. says:

    Thank you

  88. Richard K says:

    Thank you for this and other form videos. Have watched a few times and finally got the confidence to start this exercise.thwae videos are straight to the point and have been very useful. Thank you very much

  89. Gage Johnson says:

    He looks like Linus Tech Tips

  90. Roberto Enrique Chavez Rodriguez says:

    Wonderful Channel, thank you! Regards and love from Russia 🙂

  91. Kekocalypse says:

    This guy looks like a buff version of linus tech tips

  92. Chris Wick says:

    Great stuff! Thank you!

  93. Jared Anderson says:

    Thanks Scott, was afraid to do this exercise but it’s fairly easy now.

  94. ronki23 says:

    Do you pick it up from the floor first or do you press from the rack? Benching without a rack robs you of a lot of strength picking it up from the floor but lots of people do overhead press by cleaning it first

  95. Roberto Enrique Chavez Rodriguez says:

    Great videos man, good tutorials, I save a lot of money with these. regards from Russia 🇷🇺

  96. Chuck Gerety says:

    First of im not gay. With that said this dude is fucking ripped. Damn he looks good. Again im NOT GAY.

  97. ITZ _ W4R says:

    I miss the old intro

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