Barbell Larsen Press

Barbell Larsen Press


This exercise involves using a barbell to perform a Larsen press, which is a variation of the bench press. The Larsen press involves lowering the barbell to the chest, then pressing it up and back towards the head, engaging the triceps and upper back muscles.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Barbell Larsen Press Instructions

  1. Start by setting up a barbell on a squat rack at chest height.
  2. Add weight to the barbell according to your strength level.
  3. Stand facing the barbell and grip it with an overhand grip, hands shoulder-width apart.
  4. Step back from the rack and position your feet shoulder-width apart.
  5. Engage your core and press the barbell up and away from your chest until your arms are fully extended.
  6. Bend your elbows and lower the barbell down towards your chest, keeping your elbows close to your body.
  7. Pause for a moment at the bottom of the movement, then press the barbell back up to the starting position.
  8. Repeat for the desired number of reps.

Barbell Larsen Press Form & Visual

Barbell Larsen Press

Barbell Larsen Press Benefits

  • Targets multiple muscle groups including the back, shoulders, and arms
  • Improves posture and spinal stability
  • Increases overall strength and muscle mass
  • Can be modified for different fitness levels and goals
  • Helps to prevent injury by strengthening the muscles that support the spine

Barbell Larsen Press Muscles Worked

  • Quadriceps
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
  • Calves
  • Abdominals
  • Lower back
  • Triceps
  • Shoulders

Barbell Larsen Press Variations & Alternatives

  • barbell overhead press
  • barbell push press
  • dumbbell overhead press
  • dumbbell push press
  • standing military press
  • seated military press
  • arnold press
  • single-arm dumbbell press