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Bigger Shoulder Muscles: Shoulder Exercises That Build Muscle Fast

Updated on April 25, 2013

Shoulder Workouts That Build Muscle

The trapezius and deltoid muscles are among the most pronounced muscles in the body. However, its very important to know how to train the trapezius and deltoid muscles properly when it comes to working out in the gym. Overtraining or overexerting the shoulder muscles or using improper posture during workouts can lead to risk of injury and strained muscles. Keep in mind, a great way to prevent shoulder injury when lifting weights would be to stretch before you workout and start with a low weight when warming up. Once your warmed up and stretched, consider incorporating these shoulder exercises for a boost in shoulder muscle growth.

Trapezius and Deltoid Bodybuilding Workouts

Barbell Military Press

This shoulder workout can be done sitting down on a flat bench and it will workout your trapezius and deltoid muscles around the shoulder. Begin by choosing a barbell with a weight that you could easy lift above your head 12 times. This exercise requires you to hold the barbell slightly behind your head and lifting the barbell vertically and then back down behind your head. This exercise is not the type of exercise that you would want to choose a heavy weight, start with something light until you are accustomed to the lifting position.

Side Lateral Raise

The Side Lateral Raise is a shoulder exercise that directly isolates and works the shoulder muscles as well as the trapezius muscles. It is performed by picking a fairly low weight dumbell in each hand and holding them at waist level with your arms straight, and then lifting the weight sideways while maintaining a straight arm. When I do this exercise I usually use a 10 - 12 lb weight because this exercise really isolates the shoulder muscles. You could also choose a low weight and lift the dumbell in front of you while keeping your arm straight. For more shoulder exercises or diagrams that will help you learn the exercises, feel free to check the link below for bodybuilding workouts, recipes and muscle building supplement advice.

Supplements Can Help To Promote Explosive Muscle Growth

Keep in mind that its also a good idea to consider taking muscle building supplements like protein powders, creatine, or preworkout supplements that help to increase your endurance during intense workouts. If you do consider supplements, I recommend buying them online because you will save a lot of money, and you can ultimately get better variety. Below you will find a link to the most popular online supplement store, as well as an encyclopedia like amount of workouts, recipes and training advice for bodybuilding, nutrition and supplementation.


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      Stuart 4 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      Its also important to make sure you stretch your shoulder muscles before and after you work out. This will help to prevent muscle injury and will also improve your results.