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The Best Barbell Only Shoulder Workout

Build big, broad shoulders with this two-move shoulder workout.
Beth Bischoff

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Olympic weightlifters typically have big, broad shoulders, and they use barbells almost exclusively in their training. The deltoid muscles simply don’t need a lot of training variety if you’re regularly exploding big weights off the ground and overhead. This workout incorporates weightlifting movements to build your delts, but don’t be disappointed if other muscles happen to get bigger and stronger, too. 


The clean and press is frequently called the most functional exercise of all, because it works every last muscle in your body to perform a basic movement pattern—picking something up and raising it overhead. The high pull isn’t done with heavy weights, but the speed you perform it at recruits all the biggest and strongest muscle fibers. Note that we’re also having you perform it with an extra-wide snatch grip. This makes the move easier on your shoulder joints, so you don’t inadvertently break them while you’re trying to build the muscle that surrounds them.


Complete all sets for the clean and press and then move on to the snatch-grip high pull.

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