Inspired by Izzy Jeff's article on how to build boulder shoulders? You're in luck, as we now bring you some fantastic dumbbell exercises to add to your shoulder-building repertoire.
If you want bigger, stronger shoulders, dumbbell exercises are great. Either add them into your normal gym routine, or fashion them into an intense home workout. Be prepared for fast gains –– your shoulders are about to be tested to the max!
Shoulder muscles can be divided into three areas – anterior (front), lateral (side) and posterior (rear). These five shoulder exercises cover all muscle areas, and guarantee to build up serious shoulder mass.
This exercise works the anterior and lateral deltoids, as well as your triceps and upper chest, making this a compound movement. Performing these standing also engages your core.
The slower you perform lateral raises, the more effective they are.
Front raises are the best way to work the anterior deltoids if you really feel they need extra work. Low weight and high reps give the best muscle-loading results.
You can also perform shoulder shrugs with barbells and cables, or do one side at a time.
Working both shoulders and back, this is one of the best exercises for targeting the posterior deltoid:
I don't really want big shoulders as mine are quite large anyway, but I do think it's important to keep every part of your body strong, so I like to do shoulder presses to keep myself toned.
nice clear instructions, very helpful. I will be using light weights but it still works.
I've yet to start focusing on my shoulders properly but it's definitely in the plan for the new year - this article will really help!