The Overhead Press is a full body, compound exercise. Your shoulders and arms press the weight over your head while your legs, lower back and abs balance you. The Overhead Press is one of the best exercises to build strong, muscular and healthy shoulders with bigger arms.
Proper Overhead Press form starts standing with the bar on your shoulders. Press the bar over your head until your elbows are locked. Don’t use your legs, keep them straight. Lower the bar to your shoulders and repeat.
The wider apart your hands are on the bar, the weaker you will be and the less weight you will be able to lift. Aim for a grip with hands no wider than shoulder-width apart and keep your elbows directly underneath your wrists to keep you in the strongest mechanical position possible for the lift.
Keep your back straight and when you have pressed don’t leave back, the bar weight with draw your arms back and will result shoulder and back pain.
If you are finding it hard to keep the form and lift the weight, then lower the weight and concentrate on the form.
This has to be one of my favourite exercise in compounds.