Below are some tips for some of my favorite shoulder sculpting moves:
Around the World: I love this move because it works your shoulders differently than traditional moves. Just make sure to have a slight bend in your knees and really engage your core to protect your back.
Lateral Side Raise: This is a really great move just make sure you stay parallel and don’t go above that line.
Dumbbell Upright Row: Lead with the elbows and your hand position should end about at your shoulders.
Arnold Press: Add a little extra to the traditional shoulder press
Front Raise: Remember to pause for a beat at the top and don’t just drop your arms to the starting position, go slow.
Additionally, after completing each of these moves for a minute through or three (3) sets of 8-15 reps (depending on weights), try doing one full minute of arm circles forward and then one full minute backwards. Just raise your arms out parallel to the floor and make little six-inch-in-diameter circles to the front for a minute and then to the back for a minute. After the routine above, even without using any weights, your shoulders will be on fire! Please try and keep your arms as parallel as possible.
**Note: Fitness has always been a passion of mine. When I was in high school, I worked at a gym where I learned the fundamentals of weight training and then, in college, I was an aerobics instructor teaching body sculpting, spin and water aerobics classes. Back then, I was certified through the university and then through the gym where I worked but please know I am currently not accredited with any national organization. These are just my routines/exercises that I enjoy doing! Proper form is very important to me so I keep up speed by doing DVD’s from my favorite trainers, like Jillian Michaels, and reading fitness magazines. Please consult a doctor before performing these moves or doing any workout routine.