Workouts / Shoulder (Delts)

Shoulder Press Exercises

The CrossToner shoulder press exercise works a variety of muscles in the shoulders, arms and upper back. An equivalent dumbbell exercise would be the neutral grip shoulder press.

Specifically, this exercise targets the front and medial deltoid muscles in the shoulders. In addition, some upper back and arm muscles are engaged. Like most CrossToner exercises, the shoulder press can be performed sitting or standing.

CrossToner Shoulder Press


Shoulder Press

Dumbbell Shoulder Press


Dumbbell Shoulder Press

Muscles of the Shoulders

The following illustration provides details of the shoulder muscles. CrossToner uniquely targets numerous muscles with each exercise.

Diagram of Shoulder Muscles

Because most overhead movements utilize the shoulders, a strong set of deltoids is vital for your long term strength, health and well being. Looking at the diagram above, you see the highlighted muscles targeted by the CrossToner shoulder press:  the anterior deltoid, medial deltoid, and serratus anterior muscles. In addition, the tricep muscles in the arms are also activated. And, as a bonus, the opposite arm gets a great isometric shoulder workout, as it’s required for stabilizing the CrossToner.

The CrossToner shoulder press has a very natural feel due to the contour of the unit’s arms that rests comfortably on your shoulder. Coupled with the full range of motion and the inherent radial motion of the arm, the result is a fantastic shoulder workout that is truly unique to CrossToner.

How-To Video


Place CrossToner on right shoulder (for right press) such that curved center is resting on shoulder and short handles are facing forward. Hold lower short handle with left hand for stability. Slowly push upper short handle up, making sure to use your left arm and hand to keep the CrossToner from moving around or rotating across your shoulder. As you approach maximum extension, note that you be pushing slightly backwards also, further activating those shoulder muscles and keep the wrist locked into the same position.

Hold for 1 second. Slowly release.

Repeat 8-12 times.


Alternating Shoulder Presses
Same as standard CrossToner shoulder press except alternate arms every one or two reps.

Want a lower body workout too? Add in a Power Squat move for each rep!


Shoulder Press with Power Squat or Lunge
Combine the shoulder press exercise with a squat or lunge during each repetition for a super intense workout of back, shoulders and legs

Compare to these traditional shoulder press exercises

How does CrossToner stack up against these traditional methods?

CrossToner has a few advantages over these traditional shoulder press exercises.

Compared to the traditional shoulder press machines, dumbbells, and kettlebells, CrossToner is ultra light weight and portable. You can’t lug a fitness machine around with you, and dumbbells and kettlebells aren’t very portable, either.

Compared to using resistance bands, CrossToner has a more controlled range of motion, coupled with even resistance curve throughout the length of the motion.  Looking specifically at a comparison to resistance bands, it would take 11 different sets of conventional resistance bands to achieve the number of resistance levels as the CrossToner.


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