Well, it's almost summer again. That means tank tops and beaters. The last thing you want is puny shoulders hanging out. I'm going to outline some delt exercises and a routine that has worked well for me.
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This compound exercise can be preformed standing or seating. Grip the bar a little more than shoulder width apart. You can take the bar off a rack or lift it from off the ground. Press the bar until your arms are extended over head. Lower the bar in front of your neck. Then repeat. This is probably my favorite shoulder exercise.
Front Dumbbell Raise
Grip the dumbbell with your palms facing in. Next, with your arm fully extended down, raise the dumbbell. You do not need to go above your shoulder. I just started adding a twist to this movement.
When your arm is almost at the top of the movement, rotate your wrist so your palm is facing the ground. Then rotate back and lower your arm to the starting position. This twist gives you nice definition between your bicep and deltoid. This exercise can be done one arm at a time or simultaneously.
Side Lateral Raise
Grip the dumbbells just as in the front dumbbell raise. Instead of lifting the dumbbell in front of you, it is raised to the side. Again don't go too far above shoulder level, that could result in strain.
I recommend taking light but heavy, if you know what I mean, on this exercise. Going to heavy could result in injury, but that is the same with every exercise.
Rear Lateral Raise
This exercise is best done one arm at a time. Hold the dumbbell like in the other raise exercises. Bend over slightly. Now you raise the dumbbell backwards and upwards. Be careful not to swing the weight too much.
There are many other exercises than those above, but these are the ones in my routine. Now to the routine:
- Military Press: 3 sets of 4-6 reps
- Side Lateral Raise: 1 set of 4-6 reps
- Front Raise: 1 set of 4-6 reps
- Rear Lateral Raise: 1 set of 4-6 reps