The shoulders are definitely one of the most important glamour muscles. Some people are genetically blessed with really wide shoulders but many of us have to work hard to achieve that. Having wider shoulders and back helps to give you that “V” look that is so important for bodybuilders.
How to Get Wider Shoulders
If you think that just going through the motions of shoulder presses will get you the best results, think again. There is a correct form that you should use if you expect to get the most out of your shoulder exercises. No matter if you prefer to do standing or seated shoulder presses, this tip can help you to achieve powerful, wider-looking shoulders.
Shoulder Exercises for Maximum Gains
Here’s what my buddy Nick Nilsson says about using the correct form to maximize this exercise.
The problem is, most people do it wrong…or not as correctly as they could be…
Now, I’m quite sure you’ve seen this one done before and you’ve probably done it many times yourself. What you may not realize is that there’s a lot more to it than just a simple “up and down” pressing movement. Elbow, head and bar position play a big role in maximizing the tension on the deltoids…if you do it wrong, you’re missing out on substantial results in strength, mass and definition.
I’m doing these in the rack in a standing position, but these instructions apply whether it’s freestanding or seated.
Grip the barbell just inside your normal bench press grip. Now, instead of flaring the elbows wide to the sides at the bottom, bring the elbows forward. This is not only easier on the shoulder structure, it also sets the stage for the action of the shoulders as you press up.
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If you follow Nick’s tips for doing these exercises, you’ll get much better results than just going through the motions like the other guys at the gym do. I’ve been following Nick for years. He typically comes up with the most unusual exercises because he figures out a way to get more out of what you’re already doing.
A trainer once told me, “You’re already here and you’re doing the exercises, why not get more out what you’re already doing by doing it correctly?” That changed the way I work out. I no longer just absent minded-ly push weight around. I pay attention to my form and squeeze the most I can out of every rep.
This not only applies to shoulder excises, but to every exercise you do. If you concentrate on doing it correctly, you’ll find that you have to do a lot less to get amazing results.
This is just one of the things that I incorporate into my daily routine. I also supplement, eat right and get plenty of rest. Another key to maximum results is to drink a ton of water. I drink water all day and I drink a lot of it before, during and just after my workouts. Try it and you’ll be surprised at how your body responds.