3 Exercises To Help You Build Bigger Shoulders

3 Exercises To Help You Build Bigger Shoulders

100_3384Round shapely shoulders are sought after by everybody nowadays.  You see actors and actresses hiring personal trainers in the months leading up to a movie role in order to look defined and fit for the camera. Broadening out up top gives you the appearance of a slimmer waistline and that sought after V-shape. However, because of all of the conflicting information out there, building bigger shoulders would seem like a bigger task than getting Donald Trump to reveal his tax returns.  Well, look no further. Here are three exercises that I have used from the beginning to help me build some coconut sized deltoids and they will definitely work for you.

1. Seated Side Laterals: The seated lateral raise particularly targets the side deltoid head of the shoulders.

A. Grab a set of dumbbells and sit upright on a flat bench. Allow your arms to hang down by your sides with your palms facing towards each other.

B. Maintaining a slight bend in your elbows, raise your arms out to the side until they are parallel with the ground. Pause, and then slowly return the weight back to the starting position.

2. Bent Over Lateral Raise: The bent over lateral raise is an isolating exercise that targets the rear deltoid head and develops strength and density throughout the shoulder region.

A. Grab a set of dumbbells and allow your arms to hang down by your sides with your palms facing towards each other. Keeping your spine flat, bend your torso over until your chest is nearly parallel with the ground.

B. Maintaining a slight bend in the elbows, raise your arms out to the side until they are parallel with the ground. Pause, and then slowly return the weight back to the starting position. (Make sure to contract the shoulder blades together at top of movement. Keep the upper torso stationary as you lift weights to the sides of upper body.)

3. Shoulder Press:

The shoulder press targets all three of the heads of the deltoid. The front, side, and rear heads.

A. Grab a pair of dumbbells, sitting on the edge of a bench, place dumbbells on your knees.

B. Raise the dumbbells to your shoulders.

C. Gripping the dumbbells firmly, press them overhead until your elbows are completely locked out. Pause, and then slowly lower the weight back to the starting position.

(Avoid lowering the dumbbells too far. Once they have reached your collarbone, press them back overhead.)

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