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The best shoulder exercises using raises part two

Jul 25, 2008
Well, here we are again on the topic of shoulders. Whether you?re a serious bodybuilder or just want to fill out your clothes better now that shoulder pads are out of fashion, you?ve come to the right place. In my last article I covered presses and as you see from the title, this time I?m going to tell you a little about raises for working out your shoulders.

Raises work the deltoids and compliment press exercises for building up the shoulders. Raises use isolation, meaning you use lighter weights than you normally would, but still get excellent results. Each of the exercises below works a different part of the deltoid: front, back and side.

Front Dumbbell Raises:

Standing, hold a barbell in each hand. With your palms turned in to face your body, lift one barbell in a sweeping motion until it is over your head. Lower slowly to starting position, then raise the other barbell in same motion. Repeat.

Simple, yet still a very effective exercise for the front deltoids.

Dumb bell Standing Lateral Raises:

Grab a dumbbell in each hand and stand bent forward slightly and hold out the dumbbells at arms length. Lift both dumbbells outward, to either side and then turn your wrists gently (sort of a pouring motion). Lift the dumbbells slowly to just a little above shoulder level, then lower them slowly and repeat, Remember to use your muscles to move the weights in this exercise, not the momentum of the weights.

Lateral Bent Over Raises:

Standing, dumbbells in hand, bend at a 45 degree angle. Your dumbbells should be at arm?s length and palms facing each other. Keep in this position while lifting the dumbbells out to your sides. Slowly return to beginning position and repeat.

Whew! If you haven't done shoulder work before you will find this a bit of a challenge but I can guarantee you'll love the results. Catch ya later-I'm off to the gym.
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