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Smith Machine Military Press

The video for this exercise is done with a free weight. The overall picture is the same when using a Smith Machine but you will probably be seated throughout the exercise. Grasp the barbell with both hands and hold it in front of you just above your shoulders. Your hands should be slightly wider than shoulder width apart. If you are standing, make sure you stand up straight, place your feet shoulder width apart, and bend your knees slightly. If you are seated, you also need to keep your back straight and concentrate on your posture. Keep your feet flat on the floor. Keep your back tight and your chest out throughout the entire exercise. Keep your head and neck in line with your torso so that you are looking forward. Press the barbell up toward the ceiling, extending your arms. Breath out during this phase of the exercise. Press the barbell up until your arms are straight, but do not lock your elbows. Now, in a controlled fashion, lower the barbell down toward your shoulders, bending your arms, until you have returned to the starting position. Breath in during this phase of the exercise.

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