7 Exercises to Shapely Shoulders


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Our shoulders play an important role in helping us live an active daily lifestyle, therefore, by training the muscles that support the shoulder joint this allows for greater strength, flexibility and stabilization. Not only do strong shoulders give our upper body balance, but as we grow older shoulder stabilizing exercises allow us to perform tasks we once took for granted, such as combing our hair or reaching for an item off the top shelf in the grocery store. Strong shoulders also can help in correcting poor posture.

Below are seven exercises to help you build strong, shapely shoulders. Please note that you do not have to do all these exercises at one time. Also, if you have a history of shoulder pain you should avoid doing any shoulder exercises until you have sought medical clearance from your physician.

Rotator Toner

Lateral Shoulder Raise

Dumbbell Front Raise

ABC Shoulder Exercise

Wall Push Ups

Shoulder Shrugs

Bent Over Rows

Looking for more shoulder and upper body exercises, check out Coach Nicole's video.

Do you routinely strength train your shoulders, if so what is your favorite shoulder exercise?

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    Some of the links to the exercise demos donít work. Anyone else have that problem? Iíve experienced this in other articles, also. - 11/30/2017   6:30:24 AM
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    I am a woman who wants great looking shoulders. - 10/28/2017   6:13:31 AM
    Good workout! Thanks! - 10/24/2017   11:24:26 AM
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    I had an episode of tendonitis in one shoulder recently. It was horribly debilitating, so I'm slowly working on building up strength. Thanks for the suggestions -- I'll try some of them if my PT says they are OK. - 9/9/2010   2:14:59 AM
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    I could definitely use some toning in my arms and shoulders! - 8/26/2010   11:27:28 AM
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    I have to be careful with shoulder exercises due to a shoulder that is prone to tendonitis. I keep going at it, bit by bit.

    Getting rid of the arm sag now that I'm reducing is a new issue -- can't get urgent about it thought. It seems like it's going to take as long as it takes! - 8/21/2010   11:35:56 PM
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    YES I strength train every other day & I see big improvements in my arms & my back muscles!!
    Oh I also own a Bowflex so that helps too. - 8/19/2010   3:09:51 PM
    I am so glad to see these! I don't need sexy shoulders; I just need stronger ones. My snap, crackle, and pop when I exercise. These may help. Thanks! Pam - 8/19/2010   1:02:39 PM
    Great information! I will be having knee surgery in the near future and have been working on my quads. Recently I talked with a friend who has had knee surgery and she says she wishes she had had stronger shoulders when recovering! I really like the ABC shoulder exercise. - 8/19/2010   10:05:34 AM
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    I'm excited to see these, I was just thinking I need more upper body workout that just the wall push ups I was doing. - 8/19/2010   8:23:57 AM
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    I love training my shoulders, I do Military Press with Barbell, Front and Lateral Raises and Bent Over Rows. - 8/19/2010   8:05:06 AM
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    For anyone having trouble with their shoulders, I suggest trying yoga. It helped me a lot. - 8/19/2010   3:57:07 AM
    Thank you! This is just the info I was looking for. My shoulders and back need exercise and stretching. - 8/19/2010   12:05:37 AM
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    I just tried the ABC workout in the air without a medicine ball and I can feel the muscles working. I can only imagine how great it is with the medicine ball to add weight! - 8/18/2010   9:49:05 PM
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    Thanks for the tips, I will try them
    - 8/18/2010   9:30:35 PM
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    Those ABC exercises look hard! - 8/18/2010   1:15:02 PM
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    Great Ideas Nancy.
    I love the ABC Shoulder Exercise...Ive got to give that one a try. It looks challenging ! - 8/18/2010   12:48:12 PM
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    Great exercises for those of us who worry about "batwing" arms. LOL - 8/18/2010   12:38:17 PM
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    I injured my right shoulder several years ago tripping over my dog in the dark. Ever since, I've had some issues with it but have never seen a doctor. Since I became serious about exercising to lose weight, I started an upper body strength training routine that includes lateral raises and dumbbell shrugs. The exercises I'm already doing have really helped with my shoulder issues and I plan to add some of these as well. Adding to all this is the fact that my daughter is seeing a physical therapist for problems she is having with one of her shoulders. Between these exercises and the ones my daughter will be doing, I should have an excellent routine going pretty soon. - 8/18/2010   12:01:41 PM
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    I love arm and shoulder exercises. Firm upper arms take years off a person's appearance. I've just tried the rotator toners and can feel them working. Many thanks. - 8/18/2010   10:10:38 AM
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    I strength train regularly. My favorite shoulder exercises are inclined push ups and pull ups. I'm still working on doing a full unaided pull up. for now, I use an assisted pull up machine. I like shoulder presses too. - 8/18/2010   9:58:27 AM
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    I love working my shoulders, especially since I'll be wearing a halter-strap wedding gown in just 5 and a half weeks! I like the ABC Shoulders idea, but I don't own a medicine ball. I wonder if using a dumbbell would be just as good (even if it does mean more tightness in the forearm). - 8/18/2010   8:39:24 AM
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    I do wall pushups every day! - 8/18/2010   8:09:30 AM
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    I have a lot of trouble doing any kind of lateral raises, so I do them lying down. That protects my shoulders and gives them support. - 8/18/2010   8:05:30 AM
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    I learned first hand how important the shoulders are. 1. From watching my mother with problems, 2. I injured my shoulder recently pushing and pulling on a freezer, and I couldn't raise my arm. Talk about important things we take for granted. I was in pain just trying to pull my clothes up and down, off and on, and the bathroom was a big issue. - 8/18/2010   7:41:18 AM
    I love love shoulder exercises so excited to see some new exercises here! Right now I'm doing mainly overhead presses and lat raises - 8/18/2010   6:02:00 AM
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    I like front and lateral raises and overhead press. - 8/18/2010   4:30:19 AM
    I start wondering how tightly bad posture and/or untrained neck-and-shoulder muscles are connected to migraines. Thanks for the roundup! - 8/18/2010   12:54:51 AM
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    My arms and shoulders are something I am trying to work to get rid of the "bat wings"! Thanks for the tips! - 8/17/2010   11:39:03 PM

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