Broad Shoulders Maketh the MAN (and woman)

 

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I believe the visual impact, beauty and awe that immediately come to mind from seeing broad shoulders on a man (in particular) is pure biology. It’s in our DNA as it stimulates neurons in our brain that sense the person in view can protect his tribe and triumph on the battlefield. Think Brad Pitt in the movie Troy. You get the picture. So today let’s review how we can get those broad shoulders that inspire.

Your shoulders have three specific heads or sides, which are the anterior, medial and posterior or in English, front, side and rear delts.  Typically, a focused effort developing the side head of the deltoid brings about the most width or broadness visually, but all three heads need to be trained for maximum roundness in the shoulder area.  According to EMG analysis you will recruit the most motor neurons on the medial head with dumbbell side lateral raises. Here is how to do a proper side lateral raise.

Hold dumbbells in front of thighs with elbows slightly bent. Bend over slightly with hips and knees bent slightly. Raise upper arms to sides until elbows are shoulder height. Maintain elbows’ height above or equal to wrists. You are leading with your elbow as if you were giving someone a forearm shiver. Lower and repeat. Your elbows should remain bent from 10-30-degrees, strive for elbows to be at shoulder height at top of movement. Use a rep speed of 2 up and 4 down, which is a count of 2 to raise and 4 seconds to lower the weights. Do your best to maintain smooth movement and control.

Packing on mass with this exercise calls for 4-5 sets of 6-12 repetitions. I suggest you follow this movement with front presses to the neck otherwise known as, barbell military press, which hits the front and side delts.

Grab barbell from rack or lift from floor with overhand grip, slightly wider than shoulder width. Position bar in front of neck. Press bar upward until arms are extended overhead. Lower to front of neck and repeat. Strive to get full extension at top and full stretch at bottom of the movement (full range of motion) Use the same sets, reps and rep speed as above.

The last shoulder movement will be rear lateral dumbbell raises for rear delts. Grab dumbbells to each side. Bend knees and bend over through hips with back flat close to horizontal. Position elbows with slight bend and palms facing together. Leading with elbows, raise arms to sides until elbows are shoulder height. You’ll feel this in your rear delts and upper back to a smaller degree. Squeeze and flex at top of the movement. Keep height of elbows above wrists by raising “pinkie finger” side up. Lower and repeat. Use the same sets, reps and rep speed as above.

 

 

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