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Bulking up and building upper body strength is just as important as working out the lower half of your body. Enhancing your shoulder muscles and gaining definition is a primary focus for bodybuilders competing for the best physique. Although there are many exercises you can perform, we have narrowed it down to a small handful of the top workouts to help you achieve the results you’re looking for. So let’s start and get shredded!

Shoulder Workouts At The Gym

Some people love working out at the gym for social reasons and or for accountability. Some people need others to hold them accountable to get into a consistent routine of working out. We find that it is helpful to know already what exercises will be done for that day to be mentally prepared.

Here is an excellent set of shoulder workouts for you to try at your gym:

  • Bench press
  • Curl bar 
  • Dumbbell extension 
  • Russian twist 

Completing these exercises at a weight that is comfortable for you will get you closer to your goals. For each of these exercises, you should do a circuit. Which means one set per exercise for sixty seconds each. Then on your second set, complete each exercise for forty seconds. On your last set, your arms will feel weak, that’s how you know you are making gains. Twenty seconds for each exercise, and you are done.

This workout will focus on the biceps, shoulder, back, triceps, and abs. Making your core stronger will assist in building your workouts to be easier. If you haven’t worked out in a while, you might want to start with two sets instead of three going for forty and twenty seconds. This will allow you to build up to the third set of reps as your muscles get stronger.  

Young man fitness workout, push ups or plank

Shoulder Exercises At Home

For the strongest among us who can get a workout in at home, I congratulate you for your perseverance at overcoming distractions. The following is a shoulder workout that can be done from the comfort of your home using just your body weight. You can always add dumbbells if you have them to some of these exercises.   

Here are a few of the best at home shoulder workouts:

  • Push-ups 
  • Mountain climbers 
  • Chair tricep extension
  • Plank 

These exercises should be done one set at a time with a short break in between each one. If you are new to working out, begin with two sets of ten reps for push-ups, forty mountain climbers, ten tricep extensions and a forty-second plank. If completing two sets was easy for you then increase to three sets the next day you workout arms. Working out is all about how you feel and pushing yourself and your muscles so that you get the most from your workouts.    

Tips For Safe Bulking

Your body is going to tell you if you can do more of if you need to complete fewer reps or use a lower weight. Listen to what your body is saying. Soreness is an excellent barometer for understanding your workout needs. Slower progress over time is more sustainable than extreme gains that might cause pain or injury. Taking an all-natural bulking stack can help amplify your workout routine and increase strength and muscle mass quicker.

Don’t forget to also drink water during and after your workout. Hydration is just as important as working out when it comes to building muscle. Your summer body starts now! Take your workout and your progress one day at a time. You will see your hard work pay off in no time.  

Muscular man with dumbbells


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