Dumbbell Alternating Shoulder Press with Twist

This powerful shoulder, abs and oblique exercise will firm up your flabby arms and back that seem to pour out everywhere from t-shirt sleeves to bra lines. If you have done a few exercises in the past, the chances are you are familiar with shoulder press.

While standard shoulder press has your body intact and straight while your arms do most of the work, this dumbbell alternating shoulder press with Twist works your body dynamically (twisting move), thus engages your core and side abs more intensely to stabilize and create balance while getting arm, shoulder, and back muscles worked out. Put it simply, you get more bang for your buck performing this modified shoulder press than standard press.

Unless you face health and physical conditions that favor single movement, single muscle exercises, moves and exercises that recruit more muscle groups are more beneficial to women trying to lose weight, burn fat and tone up. These multi-muscle exercises also called compound exercises by fitness nerds like us take more energy to perform and foster development of more lean muscle mass than single muscle exercises. And of course, that leads to weight loss, fat loss and a sculpted body that looks godly in anything from bikini to skinny jeans. 

Another benefit of performing this version of shoulder press is it works your arm independent. What it means is that because you alternate one arm to another and perform one arm at a time, you can drive all your focus on working the active arm. This allows both arms to get the full attention and equal work load each time you press.

Imagine this, when you are pushing a heavy object with both arms, you think both arms are working equally and taking on the equal share of work. In reality, almost all of us have a dominant side that has more strength than the other and pushing the object a bit harder than the weak side. To avoid this situation and build the strength in both arms, it’s important you perform alternating exercises that works one side at a time.

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Are you ready to get rid of your flabby arms and bra bulge and ready to say hello to sleek and sculpted arms, shoulders and back? 
Let’s begin. 

How to perform Dumbbell Alternating Shoulder Press with Twist

Benefits: Works the oblique, abs, lower-back, arms, and shoulders.

A. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and a dumbbell in each hand. Raise the dumbbells to your shoulder.

B. Tighten your abs and rotate your torso to the left, pressing the left dumbbell up towards the ceiling.

C. Reverse the movement to come back to the starting position. Repeat with the other arm.

Misato Alexandre


After making healthy living a priority, Misato lost over 20 lbs in less than 90 days. Instead of weight loss being a dreading experience, living the lifestyle of health and fitness granted her more happiness and joy than ever before. She co-founded Fitwirr to make health and fitness simple for everyone and share her tips through writing evidence-based articles on nutrition, weight loss, and exercise.

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