Weight Lifting Exercises To Broaden Your Shoulders
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Weight Lifting Exercises To Broaden Your Shoulders

Weight Lifting Exercises To Broaden Your Shoulders

Having broad shoulders can completely change a person’s appearance, making their frame seem bigger and more proportional.

It can really emphasise the sculpted abdominals you spent so much time on and can make you seem more masculine.

It is actually quite easy simple to broaden your shoulders.

There are dozens of exercises that are very effective at making the muscles in your shoulders larger.

This article will share some of the most useful weight lifting exercises for shoulders.

Let’s check them out!

Before you start…

While it is fairly easy to bulk up your shoulders, it should be done in a methodical and calculated way.

Don’t start with heavy weights, because you may damage your shoulders.

The tendons and ligaments they contain are not as strong as the ones in your arms or legs.

Start with light weights and learn your limits.

After a few weeks, you can start to use heavier weights on some exercises.

The best exercises for broadening your shoulders

Performing the following dumbbell and barbell exercises will dramatically improve the size of your shoulders.

Remember to concentrate on having good form throughout the exercise and don’t push yourself to the point of injury.

Seated alternate dumbbell press

This is exercise is very popular and you will often see other people performing it at the gym.

To perform a seated alternate dumbbell press:

1) Start in a seated position with a dumbbell in each hand.

The dumbbells should be at head height with your palms facing out.

2) Lift one arm straight above your head, then lower it.

3) Repeat for the other arm.

4) Perform 4 sets of between 6 and 8 repetitions per arm.

Standing overhead barbell press

This is a useful exercise because it helps to strengthen your shoulders, core, arms, and legs at the same time.

Performing it regularly will result in muscular shoulders and more stability.

To perform a standing overhead barbell press:

1) Stand and hold your barbell at shoulder height with palms facing forward.

2) Have your feet shoulder-width apart and bend your knees.

3) While push up with your legs, lift the barbell over your head.

Your arms and legs should be straight.

4) Return to the start position with your legs bent.

Try 4 sets of between 6 and 8 repetitions.

Arnold press (dumbbells)

Named after the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger, this exercise is similar to the seated alternate dumbbell press.

The key difference is that it involves more rotation of the shoulders, working slightly different muscles.

To perform an Arnold press:

1) Start in a seated position with a dumbbell in each hand.

The dumbbells should be at chin height with your palms facing in towards your face.

2) Lift both arms straight above your head, changing direction of the dumbbells so your palms face forward.

3) Perform 4 sets of between 6 and 8 repetitions.

Upright row (dumbbells)

This is an excellent exercise for broadening your shoulders and back.

It is a compound move that is most effective with heavier weights.

To perform an upright row:

1) Hold a dumbbell in each hand, resting them in front of your things with palms towards your body.

2) Pull both dumbbells up until they are in line with your collar bones.

3) Perform 4 sets of between 6 and 8 repetitions.

Lateral raise

The lateral raise is perfect for targeting the medial part of your deltoid (the middle section of the muscle).

The key to getting the most value out of a lateral raise is to perform it slowly with a light weight.

Use more repetitions to get great results with this exercise.

To perform a lateral raise:

1) Stand up and hold a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing towards your body.

They should be resting on your legs.

2) Raise your arms away from your body simultaneously, lifting them up to shoulder height.

They should be lifted at a 45 degree angle from your body — like you are point at two people standing slightly to your left and right.

3) Perform 4 sets of between 10-12 repetitions with a light weight.

Seated bent over rear delt fly

This is a challenging exercise that is very effective at broadening your shoulders.

It really hammers your deltoid muscles.

Start with a light weight to see how much you can tolerate.

To perform a seated bent over rear delt fly:

1) Sit on a bench with a dumbbell in each hand.

2) Lean forward so you are looking at your feet.

3) Raise your arms away from your body, to the side (like you are flapping your wings).

4) Perform 4 sets of between 6 and 8 repetitions.

Single dumbbell front raises

The exercises we have listed so far mostly focus on the medial and posterior deltoids, because they will deliver the best results.

If you want to also work on your anterior deltoids, this is the exercise for you.

To perform single dumbbell front raises:

1) Stand up and hold the end of a dumbbell with both hands.

Your palms should be towards your body and the dumbbell should be between your legs.

Keep your legs shoulder width apart.

2) Raise your arms away from your body, lifting the dumbbell above your head.

3) Perform 4 sets of between 4-6 repetitions.

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