Body for Life-Shoulders Training

Walk into a room with strong
shoulders and you instantly
command attention and
respect. Shoulders that show their shape
even underneath your clothes announce
to the world that you’re in top condition.
Wide, fully-developed shoulders help
create the coveted tapered physique, not
only emphasizing your upper body, but
also making your waist appear smaller
and your arms look bigger.
In training shoulders, variety is
important. The shoulder muscles, also
known as the deltoids or “delts,” are
comprised of three heads—the anterior
(front), the medial (middle) and the
posterior (rear). Since no one exercise
optimally works out the entire shoulder,
it’s best to attack the muscles from
three different angles. Correct body
positioning is especially important when
performing shoulder exercises, since a
slight error in position will take the
emphasis off the muscle you’re targeting.
Caution: Injuries are a frequent problem
with shoulder training. During the lifting
and the lowering, take it slowly and focus
on good form. The shoulders are used in
so many different exercises, and so many
sports and activities, that they are likely
candidates for a host of overuse injuries.

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