The push press is similar to the military shoulder press, with the athlete performing a partial squat at the beginning of exercise by dipping their hips, allowing for a forceful ascent as the barbell is pressed above the head. Incorporating the ankle, knee and hip extenders results in greater overall power production, and is seen as a sound choice for sportspeople and athletes looking to develop overall explosive power.
The push press can also be performed with a set of dumbbells or kettlebells.
The push press is a useful exercise for athletes participating in sports which involve quick and explosive actions of the arms. The explosive drive of the knees and hips is also useful among many sporting disciplines, such as football, rugby, martial arts, wrestling and athletics.