Strong shoulders can help you perform to the best of your ability in many sports, predominantly those where turning and swinging is involved. Your buddy steps up and hits a good drive, you set up and hit a better drive. Easy. Here are some exercises to build shoulders even Arnie would be proud of.
- Shoulder Press
Grab a barbell with an overhand grip. Raise it up to your chest. Powerfully press the barbell straight up, rest for 2 seconds and then lower it back onto your chest slowly. Remember, keep your back straight and head up throughout the whole exercise.
- Lateral Raises
Grab a pair of dumbbells and hold them at your sides with your palms facing forward. Powerfully raise the dumbbells up so your arms are parallel with the floor. Hold this position for 5 seconds, then slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.
- Front Raises
Grab a pair of dumbbells and hold them at your sides with your knuckles facing forward. Powerfully raise the dumbbells upwards in front of you until your arms are parallel with the floor. Hold this position for 5 seconds, then slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.
- Dumbbell Punches
Grab a pair of dumbbells and hold them comfortably, you are about to experience hell. Stand so one leg is slightly in front of the other with your knees slightly bent. Punch one dumbbell out in front of you and forcefully bring it back, then repeat with the other. During punching, twist your wrist so the dumbbell goes from being vertical to horizontal. Continue punching at a fast rate for 30 seconds.
- Sylvester Stallone Rocky Runners
Grab a pair of dumbbells and stand with your knees slightly bent, one foot in front of the other. Bend forward slightly, your feet should be kept flat on the floor. Bend your elbows and in slow motion, swing one arm forward and the other arm back, mimicking the style of a runner. This exercise will sort the men from the boys.
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