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Big Shoulder Exercises!

Jul 26, 2008
Summertime is here. All bodybuilders want to develop their shoulders. Even those who don't consider themselves serious weight lifters, want bigger, stronger shoulders to fill out their shirts or just to look good on the beach!

To help you get on your way to bigger, stronger and more defined shoulders, I am providing a few exercises to get the results you want.

Two kinds of shoulder exercises are most common; the press and the raise. I will be writing about the raise in future articles so be sure to keep checking back in. The presses are wonderful exercises for the shoulders which primarily work the triceps, but involve other muscles as well.

The Military Press:

This exercise can be done while standing ? though for beginners, I?d recommend starting out with seated military presses, on a bench with good back support.

While sitting or standing, grab a barbell with an overhand grip. Hold it at shoulder level; your hands should be a little farther apart than your shoulders. Slowly press the barbell up until your arms are as straight as they can go without straining. Lower slowly to shoulder level, then repeat.

Dumbbell Press-Seated:

A lot like the Military Press, this exercise is done with dumbbells. The front and side deltiods are the target for this press so consider mixing it up with the other presses.

This exercise will also train your sense of balance, but remember to start this one off with a little less weight than you would normally use.

Sit on your bench with a dumbbell in both hands. Hold the dumbbells at shoulder height with your palms facing outward. Again, you are going to press the dumbbells slowly up until your arms are locked out. Slowly return the dumbbells to shoulder height and then repeat.

These are just a few of the many presses you can do for building bigger shoulders, but this will hopefully give you enough of a taste to seek out some other press exercises (of course, I?ll cover more in my articles at some point). Keep working those shoulders and I?ll see all of you at the gym!
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