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The 3 Shoulder Exercises You Aren't Doing

Updated on January 29, 2018

These 3 shoulder exercises can be used by experienced lifters who need a change and new challenge or by inexperienced lifters who don't know which shoulder exercises to incorporate their routine. There are many fundamental shoulder exercises like the shoulder press that you should keep in your routine but these are a nice addition that you can always fall back on or incorporate permanently.

The Arnold Press: Named after a not so well known bodybuilder (Arnold schwarzenegger), this exercise is a variation on the well known shoulder press. The Arnold Press can only be done using dumbbells. The variation involves bring the dumbbells in front of your body as you come down from the upward movement (the shoulder press movement). Your palms will be facing you and as you turn into the bottom shoulder press position, the palms will be facing outward.This exercise works all three areas of the shoulder (front, side, and back of shoulder) which puts a lot of strain and potential growth for the shoulder muscles. The weight you will use is going to be less than if you were going to do shoulder press but that is due to the increased strain on the muscle and on set fatigue.

Front and Lateral Raise Combo: You have probably tried one or both these exercises individually but have tried them back to back. The combination of both these exercises adds a greater amount of strain on the muscles and incorporates more muscles of the shoulder. I find the best time to do this exercise is in the beginning of your workout or near the end of it. Completely exhaust the shoulder muscle and go more maximum reps for about 3 sets.

Single Arm Barbell Press:Another variation to the standard shoulder press, this exercises adds an emphasis on the frontal shoulder area (anterior deltoid) while still incorporating the other muscles of the shoulder. The main advantage of this exercise is the single arm element, which is great for those that have uneven strength in their arms and shoulders. The individual work of each arm will slowly balance the strength in both arms which is great for the exercises involving both arms at once (shoulder press/my go to example).

The Arnold Press, Front and Lateral Raise Combo, and The Single Arm Barbell Press are all great additions to any shoulder workout. They can be used to warm up your shoulders in the beginning of your routine or as regular exercises, either direction you choose, your shoulders will speak for themselves.


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