Over head pressing variations are difficult to perform with tight shoulders. Missing range of motion or stability through the shoulder joint can cause pain during these exercises. The angled bar press is a great variation for those with cranky shoulders.
To perform stand with your feet hip width apart. Hold one end of the barbell at shoulder height with the other end resting on the ground in front of you. Your body should be slightly leaned forward. Brace your core then press the barbell away from you until your arm is locked out. Reverse the motion on the way down.
Maintain a neutral spine through out. Avoid flaring your elbow outward as you press. At the top of the press, shrug your shoulder to get motion through your shoulder blade – this is important for shoulder health.
The angled bar press improves shoulder strength and stability without requiring as much range of motion. It is also a great tool for beginners learning over head movements.