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The Essential Pair of Shoulder Exercises for Effective Workout!

by Gym Slacker

The ONLY 2 Shoulder Exercises You Need (NO, SERIOUSLY!)

Building Big Shoulders Made Simple and Effective

If you’re tired of scrolling through endless lists of exercises, wondering which ones are truly essential for building big, impressive shoulders, then I have great news for you! In this article, I’m going to share with you the only two shoulder exercises you need to incorporate into your workout routine. These exercises are not only effective for building size and strength but also target all three heads of the shoulders. So, let’s dive right in and discover the secrets to achieving those well-rounded, boulder-like shoulders you’ve always dreamed of!

The Foundation of Shoulder Workouts

When it comes to training the shoulders, it’s crucial to choose exercises that hit all three heads of the deltoids. The first exercise that should be a staple in your routine is the overhead press. This can be done with a barbell, dumbbells, or even modified variations like the Bradford press or z-press. The overhead press engages all three heads of the shoulders, giving them a great workout and promoting overall growth.

The second exercise to include in your shoulder routine is a lateral raise. This exercise targets the middle and rear delts, which are often neglected in traditional lateral raise movements. A cheat lateral or a strict lateral raise with intensity techniques like 1.5 reps can be great options. However, I highly recommend the cable lateral raise as it effectively targets both the middle and rear delts in one fluid movement. If you don’t have access to a cable machine, don’t worry! You can still perform a cheat lateral raise with dumbbells, which allows you to work with heavier weights and hit those hard-to-reach muscle fibers.

The Importance of Exercise Selection

While these two exercises provide an excellent foundation for shoulder training, it’s important to note that they shouldn’t be the only exercises you do. To achieve optimal shoulder development, it’s essential to incorporate other exercises that target the shoulders from different angles. Don’t limit yourself to just two exercises; instead, use these as a starting point and gradually expand your routine to include a wide variety of movements.

Taking Your Shoulders to the Next Level

If you’re ready to take your shoulder training to the next level, there are numerous exercises you can explore. From front raises and bent-over lateral raises to Arnold presses and upright rows, the options are endless. Experiment with different exercises and find what works best for you. Remember, variety is key when it comes to building well-rounded shoulders.

Find Your Perfect Shoulder Workout Program

If you’re looking for a complete step-by-step training program that will help you maximize your shoulder gains, look no further than AX programs by Athlean-X. These programs are designed by fitness experts and tailored to suit various goals and fitness levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced lifter, you’ll find a program that matches your needs and takes your shoulder workouts to new heights.

Stay Informed, Stay Motivated

To stay up-to-date with the latest tips, exercises, and techniques for building big shoulders, make sure to subscribe to the Athlean-X YouTube channel. By turning on notifications, you’ll never miss a new video release, ensuring that you stay motivated and continue progressing towards your shoulder goals.

In conclusion, building big and impressive shoulders doesn’t have to be complicated. By consistently incorporating the overhead press and lateral raise into your workouts, you’ll be on the right track to achieving the shoulder gains you desire. Remember, these exercises are just the beginning. Explore different variations, mix up your routine, and challenge yourself to take your shoulders to new heights. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start sculpting those boulder-like shoulders!

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frfrpr June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Some jacked up filming but excellent info

Leo June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Well don't I feel like an ass for having clicked on the video.

thisscreensucks June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

The form on that 1 arm lateral raise is scary. So much swing.

Just drop the weight Jeff.

Jabroni Jones June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Jeff's new video style makes him like a buff Mr. Rodgers 😂😂😂

Shoaib Ahmed June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Start this series on bodyweight exercises jeff

Jacob Palmer June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

You took only one plate off that bar and just walked away lol.

Logan Goldstein June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Bro ur face

Jonas June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

No matter what technique I have tried when performing an overhead press, my lower back is always sore for following few days. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can avoid this? I have suffered from intermittent lower back problems and SI pain for years and see a chiropractor regularly. I also regularly perform lower back strengthening exercises. It’s so frustrating.

Jeremy Bentivegna June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Jeff is going to take his mind to failure in order to cover all of the important steps and ways to teach us all of what he knows to grow and maintain muscle in and out out of the gym. His wisdom, discipline ambition,perseverance, will, consistency and dedication are off the charts.

Jeremy Bentivegna June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

How many of you think of Jeff Cavalier during every one of your workouts & how your utilizing his extremely rare valuable knowledge? I feel so grateful for so much of what he has taught in such a straight forward, fully educated, experienced and versatile approach.

Claes Schamberg June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Love that this was around 5 min. More of that! Thanks Jeff!

Jonny Deth June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

I called it. Overhead press and some form of raise. I incorporate them well into so many other movements, those two are my only direct.

Tony Babarino June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

** edit Jeff? On single-hand lateral raise, it appears you are including come external rotation of the upper arm? Yes? No?

Norm H June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

For Side delts I've been — trying TRX Strap (or similar knock off) lay flat about 30 degrees with heels to floor, hanging arms extended, then try to pull myself up doing flys pull my arms outward with a little bending to elbows.. I wonder if my motion is close enough to the cable fly. I typically use my legs/angle adjustments if it's too hard.

Edmond Lau June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Hey! New viewer to your channel great videos you have. I subscribed. I need to start lifting and you explain things in a simple and non condescending way. At 44 years old, I rarely lifted weights, was just never my thing. Your channel is a wealth of knowledge.

terry tari June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Let's do the rear delt!

Al Forlini Teaching June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Athlean X ,is helpful.

Kendrick June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Jeff is the type of guy to have twins to avoid any imbalances

Daniel Tenner June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Ok, so I hurt myself trying the combined lateral raise. It felt good, like it was working some muscles deep, but my shoulder starting hurting real bad, and I stopped. Physio examined the muscles in the area, and she said the rotator cuff was the one that was hurting.

Is there some additional advice to avoid hurting the external rotator cuff when doing this exercise? I wasn't hurting myself (I think) at 3.75kg, but I think at 5 I was already causing some injury, and even though my delts were coping just fine my cuffs were not. I tried 7.5kg and did only one set at that weight, and then the next gym session where I tried 5kg a few days later there was sharp pain.

Advice welcome – and maybe a heads up to those trying this exercise, be careful re: rotator cuffs…

Shane Clarke June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am


Rojen Maharzan June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

What is the best weight for dumbbell for lateral raises

Daniel Jordan June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Jeff knows!

TyCobb41 June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Never gets to the point right away 💩

Outhouser June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Ok so 2 excersises:
1. OHP
2. Lateral raises
2. Face pulls

David the great! June 17, 2023 - 1:45 am

Thanks Jeff! Keep up the great work!


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