There’s nothing more impressive than a set of big, round shoulders. Having big shoulders helps widen and create the V-Taper (broad shoulders, wide back, and a narrow waist.) A lot of people think doing shoulder presses alone will be enough, or they neglect certain heads of the deltoid creating imbalances. Here are 3 exercises you should add to your next shoulder workout!
The Anterior Deltoid: Overhead Press
The Overhead Press is a great compound exercise to help increase your pushing strength. Although the anterior deltoid and triceps are the main muscle worked in the OHP, your traps, core, medial, and posterior deltoids will be used to help stabilize. This makes the OHP a good exercise to build overall mass and strength in the upper body.
The Medial Deltoid: Kneeling Side Lateral The side lateral is an isolation exercise for the medial deltoid to really help widen your shoulders. Doing kneeling side laterals will prevent you from using momentum to cheat. Why not do them seated? Simple. The dumbbells won’t bounce off the bench if you’re using a wide bench or a really big dumbbell. Make sure you put a pad on the floor to protect your knees.
The Posterior Deltoid: Unilateral Bent-Over Cable Rear Delt Raise If friends don’t let friends skip leg day, then friends don’t let friends skip rear delts. A lot of people who love bench pressing all day will end up with their shoulders rounding forward. Working the posterior deltoids will keep your posture, shoulders healthy. I prefer this exercise over the traditional rear delt raise done with dumbbells because it has a bigger range of motion, it allows me to focus on one side at a time, and the cables keep constant tension on the muscle.
Make sure you do every exercise with proper form to prevent injuries. If you feel any pain while doing these exercises you should always stop and go see a doctor. Try these exercises and let me know what you think!
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