Strong shoulders: defined traps, built deltoids, deep cut within the upper chest (clavicular head).
Could the Front Raise be the exercise you're looking for? We say yes!
thing that stands out, are a nice set of strong shoulders. It can
accentuate the rest of the upper body muscles, and really stands out,
but it's usually a neglected muscle.
Most people do sloppy shoulder presses, using momentum, and therefore never get that deep line that separates...
We say, do front raises. Here's a picture (opens new window. The pic is located further down in that window called "front dumbbell raises").
This will isolate your muscles, and calls for strict form. This is exactly what you want.
Most people will tell you that you need to do several sets of who knows how many reps per set... But the truth is, if you do 1 set properly, you won't need and second or a third set...
With the front raise (which can be done with a dumbbell or barbell) you will gain super strong shoulders, by doing 1 set.
Each and every repetition within that set, should be slow, controlled... Not forced.
So you know what that means right? Less weight should be used.
This isn't a powerlifting exercise. It requires more focused attention on the muscle you are wanting to sculpt, that being the shoulders.
As you begin your set, lift the weight up slowly, and hold the bar once it's eye level. Hold it there for 2 seonds before lowering.
You don't want anything more than 12 reps. 12 reps without a rest. 12 reps without a rest using strict form.
Once you've done a total of 12, you should not be able to do not even 1 more rep... Your muscles should be screaming at that point.
Now, every week, you will either increase the reps, or the weight. It doesn't matter. Just as long as you're making some form of progress.
As long as you are making progress, you will eventually SEE the growth.
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