Do the Angled Barbell Press

You've probably seen angled barbell presses done with a Landmine-style gadget, so most people know them generically as "landmine presses." But don't worry, if you don't have one simply put one end of a barbell inside of an old shoe or in a folded-up towel that you place in the corner.

Standard Form: Angled Barbell Press (Landmine)

The Benefits

  • Easy to learn.
  • Has direct transfer to standing push strength.
  • Shoulder-friendly.
  • It's a cross-body exercise that also integrates the hips and torso muscles.

Technique Guidelines

  1. At the bottom of each rep, keep your arm fairly close to your torso and your elbow directly behind the center of the bar. Your forearm should form a 90-degree angle with the barbell.
  2. Don't press the bar toward the midline of your body; keep it in line with your same-side shoulder as you press it up and out. The closer you get to the midline of your body when pressing with a single arm, the closer you get to losing control of the bar.
  3. Keep your wrist straight throughout this exercise, with the center of the bar in-line with the center of the arch between your thumb and forefinger.
  4. Keep your torso position strong and stable throughout. Avoid leaning forward more than a few degrees. Leaning too far forward into the bar turns this exercise into an overhead press instead of creating the unique angled pressing action we're after.

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