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A Good Workout for Shoulders?


#1

Need advice on a good workout for shoulders. Iv tried different exercises and reps/sets but never seem to stimulate front and side shoulders. What do you guys recommend?


#2

Look at CT’s shoulder bible article…


#3

Seated behind the neck presses to ear level only, add 50 lbs to that lift in the 10-15 range over time.


#4

I do three full body workouts a week. In each workout, I’ll do something different for each body part from workout to workout. For example:

Workout 1 for shoulders is a push press. Workout 2 is overhead press with cables. Workout 3 uses what I call an Arnold press giant set. Using DB’s, I’ll do a set of Arnold presses, then immediately do a set of front raises, then immediately lateral raises then end with bent over lateral raises. I count each of these four movements as one set. You don’t need heavy DB’s but don’t put the weight down between the four movements.

Hope that helps.


#5

Why only to ear level Scott?

I normally do standing to the back of my neck/shoulders.

I believe one of the T-Nation writers (can’t remember which) said a heavy behind the neck press (no mention of to ear) was a major part of shoulder health.


#6

[quote]eigieinhamr wrote:
Why only to ear level Scott?

I normally do standing to the back of my neck/shoulders.

I believe one of the T-Nation writers (can’t remember which) said a heavy behind the neck press (no mention of to ear) was a major part of shoulder health.[/quote]

I would rather someone be safe than sorry. I don’t see much(if any) additional benefit to the range of motion that counteracts the possible shearing forces on that joint and supporting muscles.

My point is this, pick a shoulder exercise that allows tremendous weight progression and add 50-75-150+ lbs to that lift and the shoulders will grow. Not many guys who can seated overhead press in the 315-405 range(for 5-15 reps) have small shoulders you know? haha

Lot’s of guys who complicate training and do 20 sets of laterals and front raises but no serious hardcore pressing do have small shoudlers.