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Lever Military Press (plate loaded)

Lever Military Press (plate loaded)

The Lever Military Press (plate loaded) is a versatile and effective upper body exercise that targets the deltoids, triceps, and upper back muscles. Unlike traditional barbell or dumbbell presses, the lever press machine provides a stable and controlled movement pattern, making it ideal for individuals who may have difficulty stabilizing a free weight. This exercise involves sitting in an upright position on the machine's seat, placing your feet firmly on the ground, and gripping the handles with an overhand grip. To perform the lever military press, you extend your arms and push the handles upward, until your arms are fully extended but not locked out. The movement engages the shoulders, particularly the front and side delts, as well as the triceps. The plate-loaded design of this machine allows you to adjust the weight according to your strength level and progressively overload the muscles as you become stronger. It also provides a safe option for those who may have limitations or injuries that prevent them from performing traditional overhead pressing movements. Including the Lever Military Press in your upper body routine can help improve shoulder strength, stability, and overall upper body development. As with any exercise, it's essential to maintain proper form, control the weight, and not push yourself beyond your comfortable range of motion to prevent any potential injuries. Remember to warm up adequately and stretch before starting your workout to prepare your muscles and joints for the exercise.


  • Start by sitting on the lever machine with your feet flat on the ground and your back against the backrest.
  • Place your hands on the handles of the lever machine, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Exhale and press the handles upward until your arms are fully extended, but be sure not to lock your elbows.
  • Hold the contraction for a second, focusing on engaging your shoulder muscles.
  • Inhale and slowly lower the handles back down to the starting position, maintaining control and keeping your core engaged throughout the movement.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on maintaining proper form and technique throughout the exercise.
  • Start with a weight that allows you to perform the exercise with good form and gradually progress to heavier weights.
  • Engage your core muscles and maintain a stable, upright posture throughout the movement.
  • Exhale as you press the weight overhead and inhale as you lower it back down.
  • Incorporate variations in grip width to target different areas of the shoulder muscles.
  • Incorporate a controlled eccentric (lowering) phase to maximize muscle activation and growth.
  • Incorporate a full range of motion, ensuring your elbows go below shoulder level at the bottom of the movement.
  • Gradually increase the number of sets and reps as you become stronger and more proficient in the exercise.
  • Listen to your body and avoid pushing through any sharp or intense pain during the exercise.
  • Consider seeking guidance from a fitness professional to ensure proper exercise execution and to create a personalized training program.


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