Muscle of the week: Shoulder Exercises

Shoulders can be a tricky muscle group to workout. Defined shoulders can give the arm a great, rock hard defined look. Shoulders seem to get neglected by most people and they don’t realize that they are an important part of not only strength but physique as well. Add these exercises to your workout for a well rounded routine!

Front Press


It is best to do this exercise while seated due to the possibility of hyper extending your back if you try to do too much weight standing. For more support, use the smith machine and make sure you are close enough so that when you bring the bar down, it comes close to touching your chest.

Barbell Front Raises


These can be done with either a barbell, dumb bells or at the cable machine. They work all three parts of the shoulder. Start with a lower weight to assess how well you can perform the exercise before adding more weight. Aim for 8-10 reps for each of these exercises.

Alternating Dumbbell Press


If done simultaneously, these are called Arnold Press. Superset these with the standard military press for a burning workout!

Side Laying Lateral Raise


By doing this exercise you can isolate the shoulder by removing the urge to swing the weight on the way up.

Incorporate these lifts into your shoulder routine for some boulder shoulders to show off in 2014! Follow the image below for some sweet six pack advice as well! As always, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and for recipes and workout motivation, follow us on Pinterest



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