Part of the
You Can Learn Weightlifting series.
By Ken Brown
Updated: February 5, 2005
The Behind the Neck Press with
barbell is designed to work your shoulder muscles. It is a great shoulder
workout that keeps the concentration in the back and reduces the chance that
you use your front deltoids. This exercise helps develop the back and middle
Remember to breathe in when coming down and to breathe out when pushing up.
Tighten your abdominals (stomach muscles) when doing this exercise. Concentrate
on maintaining good posture.
When athletes are looking for larger shoulder muscles, this workout focuses on
the back and middle delts. Here are a couple of photos of the exercise at
beginning of the behind the neck press and the end of behind the neck press.
Most weightlifters use this shoulder exercise on a regular basis.
As always, if you haven't exercised in a long time or you
have long standing medical problems, be sure and see a doctor before starting
this or any exercise routine.