How to do Dumbbell Push Press

Back to Exercises

Difficulty: Medium

Impact Level: Normal

Target Body Parts: triceps, upper back, shoulders, quadriceps


Stand with feet at hip width and dumbbells up in front of your shoulders. Bend your knees slightly to lower down a little, then quickly stand up and at the same time press the dumbbells up overhead. Keep your glutes engaged and core active to stabalise your spine. As you lower the dumbbells back to your shoulders, bend your knees again to prepare for the next press. It should feel like the push of the legs straightening, as you stand up, creates some momentum for the shoulder press, making it easier than a strict shoulder press.

How to make Dumbbell Push Press easier

If you find it hard to co-ordinate the dual movements of the legs and arms in this exercise, start by getting confident with our Dumbbell Overhead Press exercise first.

How to make Dumbbell Push Press more challenging

To make this exercise harder try increasing the weight of your dumbbells or by doing more reps per set.

Looking to add this exercise to your workouts?

Customize your workouts simply by adding or removing Sworkit exercises. Sign in or sign up to get started.

Try It Out