5 of The Best Shoulder Exercises

You’ll need to hit more deltoid if you want to improve on your shoulder muscles and build three-dimensional shoulders. You’ll not only strengthen your upper body muscles and bones beneath them but also safeguard your body against injury.
Here are some of the best exercises you can do to improve on your shoulder-giving it an impressive outlook.

1. Alternating deltoid raise


This is great for shaping the shoulder muscle. If you want to have that nice V-shaped cut, do this workout. It also helps to burn fats but this exercise doesn’t burn, you need to do more reps. This is a great exercise to do for shoulders and it really tests your posture when you’re tired.

How To Do This Exercise
⦁ In a standing position, hold a pair of dumbbells at your side.
⦁ Keeping your elbows slightly bent, raise the weights directly in front of you to shoulder height, avoiding any swinging or cheating.
⦁ Return the weights to your side.
⦁ On the next repetition, raise the weights laterally, raising them out to your side to about shoulder height.
⦁ Return the weights to the starting position and continue alternating to the front and side.

2. Alternating cable shoulder press


This is mostly used for a boxer and burns a great number of calories. The triceps is also target when doing this exercise as it strengthens the whole arm.

How To Do This Exercise
⦁ Move the cables to the bottom of the tower and select an appropriate weight.
⦁ Grasp the cables and hold them at shoulder height, palms facing forward. This will be your starting position.
⦁ Keeping your head and chest up, extend through the elbow to press one side directly overhead.
⦁ After pausing at the top, return to the starting position and repeat on the opposite side.

3. Alternating kettlebell press


This exercise is great for those who have a weight that is heavier than they’d like for the basic kettlebell press. It is one of the awesome exercises for an extra heavy-duty burn.

How To Do This Exercise
⦁ Clean two kettlebells to your shoulders. Clean the kettlebells to your shoulders by extending through the legs and hips as you pull the kettlebells towards your shoulders. Rotate your wrists as you do so.
⦁ Press one directly overhead by extending through the elbow, turning it so the palm faces forward while holding the other kettlebell stationary.
⦁ Lower the pressed kettlebell to the starting position and immediately press with your other arm.

4. Arm circles


This exercise is excellent before working out and before sports practice.

How To Do This Exercise
Stand up and extend your arms straight out by the sides. The arms should be parallel to the floor and perpendicular (90-degree angle) to your torso. This will be your starting position.
Slowly start to make circles of about 1 foot in diameter with each outstretched arm. Breathe normally as you perform the movement.
Continue the circular motion of the outstretched arms for about ten seconds. Then reverse the movement, going the opposite direction.

5. Barbell front raise


The barbell front raise builds the shoulders muscles tightening the bones between them.

How To Do This Exercise
⦁ Adopt a pronated, shoulder-width grip on the barbell from a standing position.
⦁ Allow your arms to hang straight down to mid-thigh with the elbows extended. Your head should face forward, with your shoulders back and your chest up. Maintain a neutral spine and contract your abs to provide core support. This will be your starting position.
⦁ Initiate the movement by flexing the shoulder, raising the weight straight out in front of you. Keep the elbows extended and the wrist neutral throughout the movement. Continue the upward movement of the arms until the barbell is just above shoulder height.
⦁ At the top of the motion, pause briefly, and then slowly return to the starting position.

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