A set of broad and well-developed shoulders is one of the marks of masculinity. It is also one way to tell that you are working out the right way. Below are some of the best shoulder exercises for you.
Barbell overhead press
This is an excellent shoulder exercise if you do it the right way. You set up the bar in cage or a rack squat and grasp it outside shoulder width. Take the bar off the rack, hold at shoulder level and brace your abs. Raise the bar overhead and push your head forward as you do this. Return the bar and repeat the motion.
Standing military press
This exercise is called the military press because it is a physical conditioning program for people in the armed forces. Take the bar from a squat or a rack and lift to your shoulders. Your forearms should be perpendicular to the ground as you raise the bar. For best results, try not to use hip thrust as you press the bell. Use only shoulder power and you will practically feel your shoulders working hard and developing.
Cable face pull
The great thing about the face pull is that it is relatively easy but very effective. To do the face pull correctly, you need to attach a rope handle to the pulley of a cable station. Grab the ends with each hand and step back so that there is tension on the cable. Pull the handles to the level of your forehead with both palms facing your ears. Contract your back as you pull and you will feel your shoulders working.
Upright barbell row
The strong point of this exercise is that it targets the three heads of your deltoids. Place your hands about six inches apart on the bar then pull it to just beneath your chin. Your elbows should flare out wide so that the stress is on your shoulders. Lower the bar and repeat the motion for as long as you can.
Lie chest-down on a bench set on a low incline. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and raise the weights till your arms are parallel to the floor. Retract your shoulders, hold the move and slowly return to the starting position.
Get into the pushup position with your back straight and your head behind the hands. Raise your hips into the air and lower your torso. Your chest should get close to the floor but your legs should remain straight. Try for twenty reps then take a break and continue.
Seated dumbbell clean
Sit at the edge of the bench and hold a dumbbell in each hand. Lean forward and keep your lower back flat. Straighten your body and raise the weights. Try not to use your forearm muscles as you raise the weights. Let your shoulders catch the weight of the dumbbells because this will give you the best results.
These are some of the best shoulder exercises for you. Try them out and you will notice great results.