French Press

Training Details French Press

  • Primary Muscle
  • Secondary Muscle
    Obliques, Straight Abs, Inner Abs
  • Equipment
  • Level

Why you should do a French Press

The triceps press with the curl bar behind the head primarily engages the upper arm stretcher (triceps brachii). Furthermore, the triceps exercise contributes with isometric strength for the straight core muscles, at the same time as you train the inner and outer oblique core muscles. The exercise is also called standing French Press. Instead of a barbell, you can use a single heavy dumbbell that you grasp with both hands or you run with a lighter dumbbell in each hand.


Grasp a dumbbell / bar with both hands and hold it above your head with straight arms. Tighten your core muscles and try not to sway but to have a neutral back. Then let the dumbbell / bar bend your arms back and then slowly push it up again using your triceps when the dumbbell / weight touches your back.

Guide for French Press

  • The elbows should be fixed close to your head. Do not flap them and do not rock them back and forth
  • Tighten your abdominal muscles so that your back stays straight
  • Load up on the eccentric and really control on the way down for every single rep.
  • Lift the weight slowly and in a controlled manner
  • Performing the exercise standing up trains your abdominal muscles which we prefer

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