With summer right around the corner, the weight room at your local gym is sure to be a madhouse: men lined up to bench press their pecs to beach-worthy perfection and women squatting their glutes to bikini glory.
All the while, everyone is buzzing about the latest "trick" for six-pack abs. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we all work on these "beach" muscles, lacking in one area means our physique isn't complete.
If you want a physique that commands attention, a sexy set of shoulders is where it's at. Broad, defined shoulders look powerful and beautiful. They also look great displayed in strapless dresses, tank tops, or bikinis.
A bonus to well-built, shapely delts is that they can help make our waists appear even more fit and slim. Oh, I know what you're wondering: "I can achieve the illusion of having a smaller waist simply by putting in some extra work on shoulder day?" Yes!
Strong, defined shoulders bring a sort of balance and poise to your fit physique. Rounded delts cap off a fit body, help you exude fitness from head to toe, and make your posture more commanding. Who doesn't crave that? Having good shoulder development is also crucial to assisting back and chest lifts, plus improving your overhead lifts.
You can wish for great shoulders all day, but that won't do you any good. What you need is an actual workout to help you get them. So here it is:
Russian Twist (Weighted)12-15 reps
Alternating Dumbbell Front Raise and Upright Row10-12 reps/exercise
Jackknife Sit-Up/Tuck w/ Exercise Ball25-30 reps
Seated Bent-Over Rear Delt Raise (Performed standing)12-15 reps
For this shoulder workout, I have also included cardio bursts and ab exercises. All movements will be performed in tri-sets. Your heart rate should remain elevated throughout the workout so you can torch some extra calories while you're blasting your shoulders to sexy, shredded perfection.
Triset 1: 1 warm-up set, 3-4 working sets, rest 30-60 seconds between sets
Triset 2: 3-4 working sets, rest 30-60 seconds between sets
Triset 3: 3-4 working sets, rest 30-60 seconds between sets
For extra muscle confusion, try using single-arm variations of these movements. It may take a few extra minutes to perform the workout doing single-arm movements, but results are always worth the extra effort!
You'll never get those shoulder caps just sitting there—hit the gym! Give this workout your best effort and let me know how it goes.