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Shoulders like the proverbial boulders!
Powerful shoulders and a barrel chest
Ever wondered how to build broad, powerful shoulders that smack of RAW STRENGTH and POWER?
Ever wanted shoulders “like boulders” that would make shopping for shirts a real adventure?
The first thing most folks hear about upper body strength is either “he has a huge chest”, or “he has strong, powerful shoulders” – completely neglecting the most vital part of the upper body of course, that being the back. But I’ll cover that in a different hub post soon. . .
Back to shoulders though – I bet anyone whose looking to get stronger has wanted broader and more powerful shoulders at some point or the other. The truth is though, that a lot of people simply don’t know how to build powerful shoulders the right way. They either wreck their shoulders by trying all sorts of lateral raises with heavy weights – a completely unnatural movement by the way that WRECKS your shoulders – or they’ll try to “sculpt” the shoulders via bodybuilding – another huge no-no.
But what if you could build solid, granite like shoulders that look like they belong on a silverback gorilla – WITHOUT LIFTING A SINGLE WEIGHT?
Now, for those that don’t know, I’m pretty “small boned” to start with – but I have trouble shopping for shirts regardless due to my current shoulder specialization program. I was never the guy with bull-like natural strength – but people that shake my hand now claim I visit the gym regularly due to my bone crushing grip.
Back when I was a kid, I desperately wanted to pack some muscle on to my frame. I used to be a REAL skinny kid, getting picked upon by the school bullies regularly. Of course, the bullying didn’t really work – they backed off REAL quickly once I fought back, but my size was a prime reason I used to get picked on regularly.
Fast forward a few years, and I got into exercise into a big way – I was banging out hundreds of pushups daily, was running stairs, climbing hills (more on that in another post!) and doing pull-ups on a daily basis as well. And all this built me up pretty well. I had a strong, muscular chest, my waistline was trim due to my daily hill climbs, and I felt great. In short, all was GREAT.
But there was ONE thing missing in my routine – something that literally caused my shoulder size, strength and power to EXPLODE through the roof once I incorporated it into my routine, and that one thing was – doing HANDSTAND PUSHUPS on a regular basis.
Ever since I started doing these, my shoulders have gotten broader – and keep getting broader at the “ripe old age” of 32. My chest has gotten stronger without doing a single movement to target it, I’ve built more muscle around my lats – and my forearms get a terrific workout every time I do these. Folks constantly ask me if I go to the gym, and my answer is always NO – which is greeted by looks of pure disbelief.
Handstand pushups (pushups done from a handstand position) are literally one of the best exercises for upper body strength, bar none. You need nothing to do them except a wall – and in some cases you don’t even need that! No more worrying about the bench press, the weights in the gym, or even those irritating “man boobs” – this one exercise will take care of it ALL!
Here are just some of the benefits YOU can get from following a solid handstand pushup program: -
- Shoulder power that you never knew you could possess and strong, meaty traps that pulse with life, vigor and POWER!
- New slabs of FUNCTIONAL muscle all over your back, giving you natural strength, energy and vitality that won’t let you QUIT!
- A barrel chest – without even targeting your chest muscles directly!
- You’ll exude confidence everywhere you go due to your newfound strength and look – the kind of confidence that you just can’t get by pumping iron for hours in the gym!
- Strong, wiry forearms that are every bit as strong as they look!
- Reduced fat and increased definition and muscular SIZE all over your upper body!
Now, bear in mind that just like with any other exercise, handstand pushups need to be done in correct form, else you risk losing all the benefits of this wonderful exercise. Also, you need to make sure you work into them slowly – and build over time – handstand pushups are an advanced movement, and are NOT for everyone. I myself developed a nasty bone spur on my left wrist a few years ago when I jumped into these a bit too enthusiastically, and soon backed off. YOW!
That being said, here’s a short and sweet handstand pushup workout you can do that should get you to scream Uncle pretty fast: -
- Warm up (not part of the 10 minutes)
- Jump rope for 100 reps – however many sets it takes you to get there
- Jumping jacks – 100 reps – however many sets it takes you to get there
- Handstand pushups (as many as you can do in one set; 5 is a good number to shoot for)
- Repeat 5 times, and finish off with timed handstand holds
If you’re just starting out, this little and seemingly simple routine will smoke your entire upper body (arms, shoulders and upper back) in NO time at all - try it out, and let me know!
Anyway, those’s about it for this piece – but always remember, while handstand pushups are one of the best moves you can incorporate into your daily routine, a BALANCED workout routine is what works best for the entire body. That means you pay equal attention to your lower body and core as well – as well as balance out the upper body pushing movements with some pulling movements as well. Never make the mistake of “specializing” in one body part alone – rather, work to develop the entire body as a unit.
Best of luck!
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- Rahul Mookerjee - Fast and Furious Fitness
Fast and Furious Fitness - Lifelong fitness, strength and health using nothing other than your own bodyweight and natural movements.