Shoulders are definitely one of the more challenging areas of the body to exercise. However, a great shoulder workout can greatly enhance your appearance and give a boost to confidence levels, too.
Strong and broad shoulders exude a powerful and caveman-like persona. Beginners should use simple moves that won’t increase the chance of injury. It is advisable to start with one set of 10 to 12 reps for each of the following exercises.
Traditional or Bent Knee Push-Ups
Push-ups are a great exercise for beginners who don’t want to perform a complicated routine. On a mat, get into the prone position with your palms on the mat in front of you. Lift your body up onto your toes and keep abs tight. Keep your back straight as you bend your elbows and push your chest to the floor. Your shoulders can flare slightly out to your sides during the downward phase of the exercise. Straighten your elbows to finish the rep.
If getting into push-up position leaves you huffing and puffing, opt to begin on your knees. Once upper body strength is improved, you’ll have no problem doing the move on your toes.
Beginners really only require a set of dumbbells to work the shoulders. Your weight selection should be based on when fatigue sets in. The correct weight will cause your muscles to tire by approximately the eighth rep.
To begin, stand with your feet together and gripping a dumbbell in each of your hands. Raise your hands to the sides of your body until your arms are aligned with your shoulders. Use controlled movements to lower the weights to your sides to finish the rep.
Seated Dumbbell Press
This seated press is a great move for beginners. You’re simply changing positions slightly from the lateral raises exercise, and sitting down against a chair keeps the tension in your deltoids for maximum results.
Bend your elbows and align each dumbbell in your hand with your ears. Practice good posture with your back straight and your head held high. Press the dumbbells over your head until your arms are fully extended. Bend the elbows again to return your arms to the starting position.
See how easy it can be? Perform these exercises two to three days a week to get on your way to amazing looking shoulders. When the routines begin to seem like less of a challenge, you’ll be ready for our intermediate shoulder exercises—coming up soon.
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