One of the most often ignored parts of the body during workouts is the shoulders. Some people think the workouts they do for their chest, back and arms will cover the shoulders, but that is simply not true. The shoulders serve various purposes in everyday life and should be worked out like everything else. Seeing as they are not a super popular area of the body for most people to work out, you may not know effective exercises to keep them strong. Well, that’s where I come in.
1. Military Press
This is one of the most common shoulder exercises out there, and for good reason. This exercise is where an individual will pick up a barbell over their head, lock their arms and then lower it down and repeat for a desired duration. This is fantastic for the shoulders and can leave you feeling very pumped after a workout. Another great thing about this exercise is that it can be done from either a sitting or a standing position.
2. Lateral Raises
This is a great exercise and is one of the absolute best isolation exercises for the shoulders and makes you feel the burn unlike almost any other shoulder workout. This exercise involves standing straight with a dumbbell in each hand and your hands at your sides. You will then lift up the dumbells and extend the arms out and for a “T” and then hold their for a few seconds before lowering your arms to your sides once again to complete the exercise.
3. Arnold Press
This, like the others, is a great option for anyone who wants to work out their shoulders and is a personal favorite of mine. This one is a little more advanced than the other two, but is still fairly easy to do. The reason it is a bit advanced is that there is a rotation in the lift, which is why it is also known by some as the rotating shoulder press. The rotation allows for a wider range of muscle activation and puts your body through a little bit more than a traditional press. And yes, this unique move IS named after Arnold Schwarzenegger, as he enjoyed including a rotation in his shoulder presses.