Shoulders are the most widely used muscle in the upper body, I think. They function in almost every action that comes our way. And when it comes to building an aesthetic figure, nothing is more important than big, broad shoulders. It makes your overall built pleasing, not to mention the fact that a thick, broad set of delts also looks generally impressive in the eyes of women.
There are a number of ways to work your shoulders but let's not forget the fact that genetics also play an important part in your muscle growth and aesthetics. But as with any muscle groups, changing up your workout routine can be a great way to unleash powerful gains.
So today, I'll be sharing with you some tried-and-tested routines that will surely help you with your overall shoulder development. Watch the video below and keep reading to get those bigger boulder shoulders!
Burpees with ThrusterRaise the barbell up to your collarbones then lower your body down into a deep squat, allowing your glutes to drop lower than parallel. Drive your elbows up as you push away from the ground to return to standing then lift bar up overhead. Lower the bar to the ground and lower your body so that your chest and lower body touch the ground.
Military PressHold barbell with overhand grip, slightly wider than shoulder width and position bar in front of your neck. Press bar upward until arms are extended overhead. Lower to front of neck and repeat. You can do this sitting on a bench press or standing up.
Arnold PressAlso known as rotating shoulder press, you start by sitting on an exercise bench with back support and holding two dumbbells in front of you at about upper chest level with your palms facing your body and your elbows bent. To perform the movement, raise the dumbbells as you rotate the palms of your hands until they are facing forward. Continue lifting the dumbbells until your arms are extended above you in straight arm position.
Barbell Front Raise on Incline BenchLie facedown on an incline bench, holding a light barbell. Place your hands shoulder-width apart and use an overhand grip. Start with the bar in front of your chest, arms extended toward the floor and elbows slightly bent outward, then raise the bar until it’s parallel to the floor. Hold for a beat, then lower it slowly.
Lying Lateral RaiseLie down sideways on an incline bench with a dumbbell in the hand. Make sure the shoulder is pressing against the incline bench and the arm is lying across your body. Hold a dumbbell in your uppermost arm, then perform a lateral raise. Your arm should travel straight up until it is pointing at the ceiling, then lower the weight across your body back into the starting position.
You can do each exercise in 2-4 sets with 8-12 reps for maximum hypertrophy. Proper breathing should also be incorporated; always remember to exhale whenever force is exerted. And of course, don't forget to hydrate!