Shoulder presses, side lateral raises, and front lateral raises. These are the 3 exercises that usually make up the bulk of any guys typical shoulder workout.

But, what if I said you could mix it up a bit, while getting SOLID results? Take a minute and ditch your standard bar presses and side lateral raises. Yes, they build a strong upper body, but to build dense, massive shoulders, try out these unconventional movements to help cap off your upper body.

Watch today’s video for 3 shoulder exercises that will make your shoulders ‘pop’, and even assist with improving your bench press and other heavy upper lifts.

Video Summary:

[1] Landmine Press. Instead of using a standard bar or dumbbells for your presses, try using a landmine (or you can even wrap the end of a bar in a towel and jam it in a corner) and do your presses this way. It will hit the front delt a bit more and give you a different feel. I find this movement hits the delts a bit better if my shoulders have been bothering me. (Try doing 4-5 sets of 4-6 reps, each arm.)

[2] FULL Side Lateral Raise. Instead of stopping at shoulder level, try going all the way above the head. Caution: You just might need to lower the weight a bit. You won’t be able to cheat these up with heavy weight. This variation will give your shoulders a nice full look when done properly. (Try doing 3-4 sets of 8-10 reps.)

[3] Upright Row. These are one of my favorite exercises for the shoulders and traps. They’ll give you the absolute best pump and will help you grow in a way that presses and lateral raises can’t. One thing to note is while you can do these with the bar, try using dumbbells as they won’t fix your wrist in an awkward position. (Try doing 2-3 sets of 15-20 reps.)

Try these out on your next shoulder day and let me know what you think, and if you’re looking for a collection of 10 killer shoulder workouts for less than $1 each, check THIS out.


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