Build Shoulders Like Boulders

Shoulder pain is a common problem for people. With a significant percentage of people experiencing a shoulder pain some time in their life, strengthening these muscles should be of utmost importance; however, it is often overlooked. These exercises will help to get strong, toned, shoulders that will look nice and prevent injuries.

3 Exercises for Strong Shoulders

The shoulders are made up of three distinct muscles, the anterior, posterior, and medial deltoids. There is one move for each of these three muscles so that every part of your shoulder is strong and healthy.

For these exercises, you will need two medium weight dumbbells.

Shoulder press

With a dumbbell in each hand, raise them up to your shoulders with your elbows pointing out. Without arching your back, push the dumbbells up over your head until your arms are completely extended. Slowly bring them back to your shoulders. Do three sets of 8. This move works the anterior deltoids, or front shoulder muscles.

Single Arm Row

Step forward with the left leg, keeping the right leg straight and your body aligned with this leg. Your body should be making a 45 degree angle with the floor. Rest your left arm on your bent left knee and hold a dumbbell in the right hand. Keeping your arm to your side, bend your elbow and bring the weight up and into your shoulder. Slowly let it back down and repeat. Do three sets of 8 on each side. This move works the medial deltoids.

Bent Over Lateral Raises

This is a move that works multiple muscles but the posterior deltoids are one of the main muscles worked. To do this move you need to stand bent over at the waist until you are almost 90 degrees with the ground. With a dumbbell in each hand hanging, raise them up and out horizontally, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Return to starting position. Do three sets of 8.