4 Simple Workouts for Killer Shoulders (Demo Videos)

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  • Build better shoulders with these four types of workouts.
  • All of these exercises require equipment.
  • Watch demonstration videos to learn how to perform them.

If you’re eager for amazing shoulders, we have some quality workouts for you to do at the gym or at home, if you happen to have the right equipment. Whether you want to explore all of these workouts or focus on one, you’re bound to build better, stronger, “high-def” shoulders!

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#1 – Machine Military Press

The machine military press uses the shoulder press machine. Sit in the chair with your back straight, choose the amount of weight you prefer to lift and grip the handles with elbows bent. Then push up until your arms extend, pull back down, and repeat. 

#2 – Military Press

The classic military press incorporates a barbell instead of a machine. Your posture and breathing are key here. Pick up the barbell with palms facing down, feet apart, and knees bent a little. Lift it to your chest, then above your head, and back down to your chest. As you lower the barbell to your chest, remember to inhale. Then exhale as you lift it above your head again. Repeat it one more time.

By the way, you’ll feel both types of military press in your triceps, too.

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#3 – Upright Row

The upright row is different from the military press in that it involves a lighter barbell. Your grip is the same with palms facing down, but start the barbell at your legs, with straightened arms. Then lift it to your chest (elbows will stick out), and lower it back down again. Repeat for several reps.

#4 – Lateral Raise

The lateral raise is a dumbbell move. With one dumbbell in each hand (palms facing in) down in front of you, spread your arms apart and simultaneously lift each dumbbell to the opposite side to create a straight line. Once you lower the barbell back to your starting position, you’ve completed one rep.

You can also perform this exercise while seated:

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