Work on those sexy shoulders
“Women often spend so much of their time in the gym working on abs and legs that they often neglect their upper bodies, especially their shoulders!” says Richard Woolrich, biokineticist and personal trainer at Virgin Active.
He says shapely, well-defined shoulders are a must-have if you want to walk the red carpet of being toned and healthy.
The shoulder area is technically split into three separate muscle groups – the front, the middle and rear – anchoring either side of the neck.
5 Sexy shoulder exercises
These exercises will add strength, size and shape to give you great-looking, sexy shoulders.
Key points to remember:
- Focus on maintaining a controlled breathing pattern and avoid holding your breath during these exercises.
- For all the standing exercises, make sure you stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and keep a slight bend in the knees.
- Try to maintain the tension during the entire movement whether you are lifting or pushing up and more importantly during the lowering phase.
- Weights that are too heavy only make you engage your neck muscles, which defeats the purpose of the exercise. Rather lift lighter weights, so that you can isolate the shoulder muscles without using the neck muscles
- Focus on good technique and if you feel you are losing the form, either reduce the repetitions or use lighter weights.
1. Frontal raises
Starting position: Stand with dumbbells in both hands resting on thighs, knuckles facing forward.
Movement: Raise the dumbbells in front of you to shoulder height maintaining a slight bend at the elbow, lower slowly and repeat. Do not swing or use momentum to lift the dumbbells.
Beginners can start with two sets and aim to build up to four sets of 10-15 repetitions.
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