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Shoulder press


Fix the carriage so that the handle bar is level with the upper chest.

Starting position

Firm, parallel stance with straight back. Grasp the handle bar far to the outside.


Press the handlebars evenly upwards until your arms are stretched. Then slowly move back again. Before reaching the lower stop, push up again.


Important: always ensure a stable and straight posture. Do not fall into a hollow back. Body tension in the trunk area must be maintained at all times. The shoulders stay down.


You can vary with the width of the grip in this exercise.


Primary muscle


Secondary muscle


Basic exercise for strong shoulders

The shoulder press (also known as the military press or overhead press) is a central component of upper body training. An effective exercise that focuses on strengthening the shoulder muscles. Controlled repetitions not only promote muscle growth in the shoulders, but also improve upper body stability. Regular shoulder presses are therefore essential for balanced strength training and healthy body development.

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Shoulder press variations on

EISENHORN is the ideal device for shoulder training, as it takes ergonomic movement sequences into account thanks to the guidance of the horn and enables efficient strength training of the shoulder with a weight range of 4-112 kg. It combines a wide range of shoulder press variations in one device, enabling a comprehensive training experience and eliminating the need for additional equipment (such as barbells or dumbbells) to train the shoulders.

The correct execution of shoulder presses

To perform this strength exercise, stand in front of the EISENHORN device with a firm, shoulder-width stance and a straight back. The handlebar is gripped as far out as possible, at the height of the upper chest, in order to initiate the starting position at shoulder height.

From there, slowly push the weight up over your head in a controlled manner until your arms are almost straight, avoiding hyperextension. The torso, i.e. the lower back and abdomen, remain tensed throughout the exercise and the shoulders are pulled back and down. This ensures stability and safety during training.

After holding the weight briefly in the upper position, return it slowly and in a controlled manner to the starting position. This controlled movement maximizes the effectiveness of the training, promotes strength building and supports muscle definition.

Muscle groups targeted during shoulder press

The shoulder press primarily activates the anterior deltoid (front shoulder muscle), but also engages a number of other muscles. In addition to the lateral and posterior part of the deltoid muscle (musculus deltoideus pars acromialis and spinalis) and the hood muscle (musculus trapezius), it involves the serratus anterior, the rhomboids, the levator scapulae, the triceps (musculus triceps brachii), as well as the chest muscles, including the pectoralis major and the sternocostal head.

In addition, this strength training intensively works the core muscles, including the straight abdominal muscle (musculus rectus abdominis), the transverse abdominal muscle (musculus transversus abdominis), the internal and external oblique abdominal muscle (musculus obliquus internus and externus abdominis) and the back extensor muscle (musculus erector spinae). This comprehensive activation makes the shoulder press an excellent exercise for holistic shoulder strengthening and core stabilization on the EISENHORN.

Variations of shoulder press

The shoulder press is characterized by its versatility and the ability to work the shoulder muscles in different ways. Variations such as side raises, shoulder presses in front of and behind the back, overhead presses and a few more offer variety and enable even development of all shoulder areas to prevent overexertion and injuries. The adaptability of the shoulder press allows you to steadily increase the weight and switch between exercise variations to continuously increase the level of difficulty. The EISENHORN supports this versatility by enabling all variations of the shoulder press on just one machine and ensuring safe and efficient execution.

Conclusion shoulder press

The shoulder press on the EISENHORN machine is an excellent exercise for both professional athletes and beginners to effectively strengthen the shoulder muscles and core stability. The ability to perform the exercise in a variety of ways contributes significantly to the holistic development of the shoulders and core. The combination of SWISS MADE quality and well thought-out design ensures efficient, comfortable and, above all, safe execution of every movement. It is essential to pay attention to correct technique and to adjust the weight according to your personal abilities.

The essential

EISENHORN is the compact strength station for your home gym that gives beginners, pros and everyone in between hundreds of workout options with weights from 4-112 kg.

Perfect training on the EISENHORN

With EISENHORN you train like on a classic machine with weight plates. In particular, you can perform all the classic basic exercises with EISENHORN, just like with a barbell. Basic exercises ("BIG 5") are the basis of any efficient strength training due to the complex movement sequences.


You can order your EISENHORN conveniently in our online shop and have it delivered directly to your home. We deliver internationally directly from our factory in Switzerland.