Cable Shoulder Press

Exercise Summary
Primary Muscle(s) Shoulders
Secondary Muscle(s) Triceps
Equipment Cable
Emphasis Compound
Type Push

Cable Shoulder Press Instructions

  • Lower the pulleys to the bottom setting and stand between the attachment points.
  • Feet positioned in an athletic stance at shoulder-width.
    • Your knees are slightly bent and toes pointed straight ahead.
  • The core is braced and engaged with your shoulders pinned back and chest up.
  • Grab the cable handles and bring them to shoulder height with palms facing forward for the starting position. 
  • Keep your wrists & forearms relatively vertical throughout the exercise.
    • Don't let your wrists roll back.
  • Press the pulleys up along a straight bar path.
  • At the top, your arms are fully extended and the weight is in a stable position overhead.
    • Imagine bring your armpits forward as you press.
    • Don't shrug your shoulders at the top.
  • Lower weight back down to the starting position.


  • Do not let your low back excessively arch (lumbar). You want to maintain the tight, strong posture, that you created at the beginning, throughout the exercise.
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