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Fitness Tip: Reduce Pain During the Shoulder Press

Updated: May 2, 2022

Pain in the shoulder press? This is unfortunately pretty common!

Woman sitting on bench in front of squat rack at a personal training studio.
Sarah Turkstra, Owner of Studio Movement & Personal Trainer

There are a plethora of reasons why you can be experiencing shoulder pain so my number 1 recommendation is to always get it looked at by a professional (physio/chiro/osteo etc…) before exercising a range of motion at a joint where there is pain.

IF cleared for overhead pressing but you’re experiencing shoulder pain, give this a try:

When you are in the traditional overhead press position with elbows at 90 degrees and in line with the shoulders, you put the joint into external rotation which can cause internal impingement!

To avoid this, keep the shoulders in a NEUTRAL position where the palms face in, and the elbows are in line with the shoulders in front of the body. This takes away the external rotation in the shoulder to allow you to press overhead without impingement 🔥

Give it a try!


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