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Shoulder Exercises to Sculpt and Tighten

Firm, chiseled shoulders not only help give you great posture but also make you look good. Learn how to get those shoulders moving in part 5 of WebMD's Fitness Series.

Alternating Front Raise (Works Anterior Deltoid)

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  • Stand with feet together and a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing towards you.
  • Slowly raise your right hand up in front of you with a slight bend in your elbow.
  • Pause at the top when you reach shoulder height and slowly return to the starting position, stopping where there is still tension on the shoulder.
  • Complete all repetitions and then repeat on the left side.

 

To make this exercise more challenging, pause for two to three seconds at the top of the range of motion.

Prone Shoulder Extension (Works Posterior Deltoid)

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  • Lie face down with your arms by your sides.
  • Place a dumbbell in each hand and turn your palms facing up.
  • Lift your arms up towards the ceiling pausing at the top of your range of motion.
  • Slowly return to the starting position, stopping just short of your hands touching the floor.

Tip: Always work the shoulders after your back or chest work since the shoulders are involved in all back and chest work. If you fatigue them first, you will not be fully challenging the larger muscles of the upper body.

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Reviewed on December 01, 2005

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