There's no denying it: A pair of imposing shoulders gives a guy that "dominance" physique—and it lets the world know you take lifting seriously. And if you're looking to improve your shoulder definition—all while getting a good overall workout and burning a few calories at the same time—then this dumbbell circuit is the place to start.
While this routine will focus primarily on your upper body, a finishing set of dumbbell squats will work your legs and challenge your shoulder mobility, too. We're talking back-to-back rounds of seated Arnold shoulder presses, dumbbell side raises, and alternating dumbbell rows—plus a round of dumbbell squats—that'll have your shoulders and quads screaming in just a few minutes.
We recommend doing a dynamic shoulder warmup before you attempt this workout.
You'll do this workout as a circuit, meaning you'll complete each exercise consecutively without rest. Once you've finished all exercises, rest for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat the entire circuit for 4 to 6 rounds.
Depending upon your ability, you may shorten or lengthen the rest period. You may also complete more or fewer rounds.
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