Can you shoulder the load? Nothing makes others think “he means business” like a nice pair of shoulders!Before every guy and his uncle praise the bench press, the shoulder press (also called overhead press) was originally the ruler of upper body exercises.
Until 1972, the shoulder press, along with snatch and clean & jerk, was tested at the Olympic weightlifting contest.
Due to participants continuously using bad form (i.e., bending their back excessively to lift the weight), they removed the lift from competition.
By removing the lift, this kind of left a bad taste in the mouth of the bodybuilding and powerlifting world; thus, a lot of bodybuilders started comparing their strength based on the bench press.
Since then, more and more guys ignore the benefits of the shoulder press in pursuit of being the bench press king.
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While the bench press is an effective exercise, just with anything else in life, doing too much of it is bad for you, especially for your shoulders.
I bet a lot of you right now have (or had) to deal with a bum shoulder due to doing the beloved bench press too much.
Building boulders for shoulders won’t happen overnight.
But equipped with the right exercises, you will start seeing your side sleeve on your shirt start to bust out like The Incredible Hulk!
Here are the 3 most effective shoulder exercises you can utilize:
Standing Barbell Shoulder Press
As previously mentioned, before the bench press, this was the ruler of upper body exercises.
That make sense because think about this: In the real world, will your strength likely be tested by lifting something overhead or on your back lifting something up? I thought so.
When it comes to body-building, performing lifts that simulates real-world actions deliver the best results. In addition, doing real-world exercises like the standing barbell shoulder press hits a multitude of muscles.
Besides the shoulders, this exercise also targets the abs, triceps, lower back, traps, serratus and upper thighs; thus, this movement basically engages your entire body.
Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press
While not a real-world functional lift like standing barbell shoulder press, the seated dumbbell shoulder press builds the shoulders tremendously as well.
By being seated while using dumbbells, you get to focus tension specifically on your shoulder muscles.
This exercise is a must to include if you are serious about people confusing your shoulders for boulders!
While attending a gym is a great way to get in shape and build your shoulders, it is not the end all, be all to do so.
So whether you are on the road or bad weather forbids your trip to the gym, there are always exercises you can do with your own bodyweight to get the job done.
With that said, pike push-ups is a great bodyweight movement for building your shoulders. In addition, it works your abs like crazy!
A word of caution when performing pike pushups: You may get a little lightheaded!
Incorporate those 3 exercises into your workout regimen and you will be ready to shoulder the load!