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Shoulder Exercises That Will Make You Ditch The Shoulder Pads On Your Next Jacket

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Looking for shoulder exercises that will widen your shoulders and create great looking lats? Guys, wouldn’t you want your girlfriend to actually have something to lay on when they put their head on your shoulder? Lucky you! You found what you needed. Here’s a few shoulder exercises that will work wonders if done right. I already showed you how you can customize your own workouts, so add some of these exercises to your routine to work your shoulders.

By the way…

The technical name for shoulders is deltoids or delts. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles that are found underneath your delts. Many people do not work this group of muscles because they are either not worried about it or they didn’t know it was there. It is important to train the rotator cuff to avoid injury so I included a workout for it below.

Shoulder Press

Here is a shoulder exercise that works all parts of your delt muscles.

To perform, grab either a barbell or a pair of dumbbells (I recommend dumbbells for beginners). Sit on a bench that has the back support in a vertical position. Hold the dumbbells or barbell at ear level with your palms facing forward and your elbows bent about 90 degrees. (If you are using a barbell make sure you have a wider-than-shoulder grip and that the bar is in the front of your head instead of behind it.) Now lift up the weights to the position right before your elbows lock. (If you are using dumbbells touch the dumbbells together at the top.) Then lower back to starting position.

Shoulder Exercises That Will Make You Ditch The Shoulder Pads On Your Next Jacket

Lat Raise

This exercise works the center of your delt muscles and also the trapezius which run above your shoulders and towards your neck.

To perform, grab a pair of dumbbells and stand up. Your feet should be close together but not touching. The dumbbells should be down on your sides facing in. Now raise the dumbbells out to the sides until your arms are parallel to the ground. Make sure there is a slight bend in your elbows.

Front Shoulder Raise

This exercise works the front part of your shoulder muscles.

The exercise is similar to the lat raise movement except that instead of lifting the weights to the side, you lift them directly to the front. Hold the weights with an overhand grip.

Back Delt Fly

This shoulder exercise targets the back of the shoulders and part of the upper back.

To perform, grab a pair of dumbbells. Lean your upper body forward keeping your back straight and parallel to the ground with your knees slightly bent and your feet close to each other. The weights should be hanging straight down. Now lift the weights to the sides until your arms are parallel to the floor. Again, your elbows must have a slight bend. Bring down the weights again.

Rotator Cuff Exercise

This exercise will help prevent a shoulder injury. Please do not ignore your rotator cuff.

Grab a light dumbbell. Have your arm out to your side and your elbow bent 90 degrees. You shoul be holding the dumbbell with and overhand grip. Now, as you keep your elbow and upper arm where it is, raise the weight up until your lower arm is perpendicular to the floor.