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The Specifics: Six Exercises for Big and Bulletproof Shoulders

Your typical shoulder routine would most likely start with some type of overhead movement, maybe a classic like the military press or push press. You'd then progress away from the complex moves into more isolation exercises like lateral raises. Well, we're mixing things up and going a slightly different direction here. We're hitting muscle fibers that you might not have been hitting before. The exercises are different, the sequencing is different, but the results are just as solid. Break away from "typical" and give this routine a go from MEN'S FITNESS digital director Mike Simone.


Heavy Partial Rep Side Lateral Raise x 4-6 reps
Full Range Side Lateral Raise x failure
3 sets

Pinch Press
3 sets x 12-15 reps

Plank Band Pull-Through
3 sets x 12-15 reps

Single-Arm Modified Arnold Press
3 sets x 12-15 reps

Single-Arm Alternating Cable Front Raise
3 sets x 12-15 reps

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Note: All of the workouts in The Specifics are NOT to done collectively in one week. They are one-offs to add into your regular mix.


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