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  • Writer's pictureCoach Matt Pippin

Alternative To The Overhead Press For Shoulder Pain

Shoulders always achey after overhead press day? Don’t want to give up overhead pressing because you know it’s the only way to get those boulder shoulders???

Well the good news is there’s a better way and I’ll show you how with an exercise alternative for the shoulder press that will allow you to keep making those gains without causing pain.


In today’s coaching, I’m going to let you have your cake and it eat too by showing you how to do landmine shoulder presses. I like these because they allow you to keep training the overhead press, but in the range that’s safe for your shoulder, instead of forcing into a position you don’t control.


  • A barbell

  • Plates

  • Landmine attachment (if you don’t have one, you can put the wrap the end of the bar with a towel and put it in the corner of a room).


You can do this on overhead press day regardless of if you’re going for lower reps or higher reps. When picking your weight for the first time, start conservatively until you get a feel for the movement. Then you can increase your load as needed.


One thing that’s important is to take care of that shoulder problem! These guys take so much abuse and we need to show them some love, especially if you’re experiencing problems.

If you continue to overhead press the conventional way without addressing your shoulder problem, you’re eventually going to cause some kind of damage either in your shoulder or your spine.

Click the link below to get my go-to mobility tools that includes the best shoulder mobility exercise you can do to start making improvements on that shoulder. It’s free so check it out below and take care of those guys.




Matt is a Strength and Mobility Coach with over 15 years experience in his field and has coached over a thousand professional, collegiate and everyday athletes with the goal to help them move, feel and perform at their highest level. He's incredibly passionate about bringing simple and effective online mobility training programs to everyone who wants to take control of their self care and make lasting change. CLICK HERE to learn more.


  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

  • Level 3: Fascial Stretch Specialist

  • Level 1: Institute of Motion Health Coach

  • Certified FRC Mobility Specialist (FRCms)

  • Level 1 Kinstretch Instructor

  • Weck Method Qualified

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