The Fix: Relying too heavily on barbell exercises for shoulder size could result in injury. To keep your shoulders injury-free, Boyce recommends varying your grip. If you have issues, an overhand grip likely isn’t the best for you. Boyce offers some advice, “Try using a neutral grip [palms facing in] when pressing to put the shoulder joint in a more suitable position to bare load.” Outside of fixing your grip, focus on loading up the appropriate exercises. At a certain point, adding 10 extra pounds to your lateral raise isn’t going to offer that much benefit. Boosting your shoulder press by 10–20 pounds is a completely different story.
Exercises to Help: For building up the shoulder joint, Boyce recommends the seated shoulder press since it has the ability to isolate the shoulder joint with heavy loads. To get the biggest bang, slow down the lowering portion of the exercise.
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