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What Are The Best Shoulder Workouts For Men To Build Strength?

Watch out the top shoulder workouts that’ll improve flexibility, add size, get stronger, and complete your physique.

Aside from strengthening your upper body muscles and the bones, you’ll protect your body against injury and let’s face it; you’ll make an aesthetic man want to replicate and women to drool over.

Overhead squeezing and lateral raises can as it were do so much to build strong, functional shoulders—although they’re unquestionably in the top tier of muscle-building moves, check out these top shoulder workouts that’ll improve flexibility, add size, get stronger, and complete your physique.

1. Standing Dumbbell Fly

Hold a dumbbell in each hand by your sides. Without shrugging, use your upper body to swing the weights up a few inches. Your arms and torso will form an upside down V shape. Think of it as a lateral raise with momentum but without full range of motion.

2. High Pull

Grasp the bar with hands about double shoulder width and hold it in front of your thighs. Bend your knees and hips so the bar hangs just above your knees. Explosively extend your hips as if jumping and pull the bar up to shoulder level with elbows wide apart, as in an upright row.

3. Barbell Overhead Press

Set the bar up in a squat rack or cage, and grasp it just outside shoulder width. Take the bar off the rack and hold it at shoulder level with your forearms perpendicular to the floor. Squeeze the bar and brace your abs. Press the bar overhead, pushing your head forward and shrugging your traps as the bar passes your face.

4. Trap Raise

Set a bench to a low incline and lie chest-down with a dumbbell in each hand and your palms facing. Retract your shoulder blades, then raise the weights straight out so your arms are parallel to the floor.

5. Face Pull

Attach a rope handle to the top pulley of a cable station. Grasp an end in each hand with palms facing each other. Step back to place tension on the cable. Pull the handles to your forehead so your palms face your ears and your upper back is fully contracted.

6. Band Lateral Raise

Step on the end of each band with the opposite foot so the bands form an X in front of your body. Raise your arms 90 degrees out to the sides until your upper arms are parallel to the floor.

7. Clean and Press

Stand with feet shoulder width. Keeping your lower back arched, bend your hips back to lower your torso and grasp the bar with hands shoulder width. Extend your hips to lift the bar off the floor. When it gets past your knees, jump and shrug the bar so that momentum raises it and you catch it at shoulder level. Brace your abs and stand tall. Press the bar straight overhead.

8. Seated Dumbbell Clean

Hold a dumbbell in each hand and sit on the edge of a bench. Keeping your lower back flat, lean forward.  Explosively straighten your body and shrug the weights so your arms rise. Allow the momentum to flip your wrists so you catch the weights at shoulder level.

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