Exercise of the Week: Dumbbell Push Press

October 10, 2012

The STACK Exercise of the Week will help you improve your overall sports performance—including strength, speed, conditioning and flexibility. This week, we highlight the Dumbbell Push Press, an exercise that develops full-body power

Who’s Doing It

  • Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns RB

Muscular Benefits

  • Increases lower-body explosiveness
  • Increases upper-body strength

Dumbbell Push Press Sports Performance Benefits

The Dumbbell Push Press is a great exercise for improving full-body strength. Driving out of the Squat and finishing with a strong upper-body movement in a fluid motion teaches your muscles to work in a coordinated fashion. Its from-the-ground-up strength and power helps Richardson explode off the line, battle with defenders and throw devastating stiff arms.

Dumbbell Push Press How To

  • Assume athletic stance, holding dumbbells at shoulders
  • Lower into Squat
  • Simultaneously extend hips and knees to drive out of Squat, and push dumbbells overhead
  • Lower dumbbells to shoulders to return to start position
  • Repeat for specified reps

Sets/Reps: 3x6

Coaching Points

  • Generate momentum with hips
  • Fully extend arms at top
  • Keep chest up and back straight

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Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is the Performance Director at STACK. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami...
Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is the Performance Director at STACK. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami...
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