My Take on The Best Shoulder Workout!
I have been trying to put together the best shoulder workout for a while now and I think I have finally achieved it. With that said, when anyone talks about the best shoulder workout they have ever done it is primarily subjective. People like different things, so even though I think this is the best shoulder workout, you may actually hate it or enjoy as much as I do. I really enjoy working out my shoulders, but in order to get the most out of the workout, I always use dumbbells. Use what works best for you to get the most out of the best shoulder workout.
Why do I think this is the best shoulder workout?
I have tried multiple variations of shoulder workouts. I think this one finally gives me the biggest returns on my workout in terms of strength development, muscle definition, and getting the sore feeling. Your shoulders are the link to your entire arm. If you have ever had a shoulder injury, then you know how immobile you really can be trying to repair it.
What do you need to have for the best shoulder workout?
You will only need a couple things to complete the best shoulder workout. You will need dumbbells that will do the job. Make sure they are heavy enough that you cannot get past 8 reps per press exercise. You will need a bench or a chair to sit on, and that is about it. You can substitute the dumbbells with resistance bands if they have enough tension resistance. If you don’t use the right weights or resistance bands the best shoulder workout will end up being an average shoulder workout.
Lets get into the best shoulder workout shall we…
The goal here is to complete this workout in under 30-35 minutes. The only rest you take is in between round, not each individual exercise. Shoot to complete three rounds. When you do rest let it only be one minute. You will have three rest points, so that gives you 27 to 32 minutes to complete this best shoulder workout. Here we go;
Round One of The Best Shoulder Workout
Perform standing dumbbell presses for up to 8 reps. Make sure you put one leg in front of the other and you bend your knees to save your back here. I usually do about 65- 70 pounds for this exercise.
Perform up to 8 Arnold presses. You should sit on a bench or chair for these. Watch the video below on how to do them with good form. I use 45lbs for this Arnold presses.
Upright shoulder rows to press. Bring your dumbbells to your chin and make sure your elbows are higher than your hands. When you reach the top of the row, roll your wrists and do a dumbbell press to finish off the rep. Try to do no more than 8 reps, I usually use 40lb dumbbells for this.
Perform 8 side and front shoulder extensions. I only use about 20lbs here. Start with lateral shoulder raises with your elbows locked with no bow. Once the weights are in line with the bottom of your jaw, bring them together in front of you so that the ends of the dumbbells touch each other. Picture you lifting your arms out like you are flying, then bring them in front of you on the same level so your arms are directly in front of you with your elbows locked. That is one rep, go after 8.
Do as many Pike Presses as you can. You can see how to do a pike press here.
Shoulder shrugs. I think these are a must for the best shoulder workout. Do not roll your shoulders though, just shrug them up with heavy weights in your hands and hold for 5 seconds at the top of the shrug then release. Do 8 of these as well, pick a weight that does the job. I usually do about 100 – 115lbs for these.
Now rest for 1 minute and repeat the best shoulder workout 2 more times to make three full rounds. You can stick with this format, or switch it up and interchange each exercise. I recommend you do interchange the exercise to confuse your muscle a bit more. After each round, make sure to rest for 1 minute. I hope that after you do the best shoulder workout that you will report back with if you agree that this is the best shoulder workout you have done.