How To Train Shoulders

How to Train Shoulders for Maximum Growth

Shoulders are easily one of the most important muscle groups in the entire human body, from a bodybuilding standpoint. Massive shoulders will make your physique look strong, wide, tapered, and complete. If you don’t have a clue on how to train shoulders, you’ve come to the right place. By the time you finish reading this article, you will have everything you need in order to build massive deltoids.

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The Best Way to Train Shoulders

If you want to build massive shoulders, you need to train them hard at least once a week. I know that a lot of people think of shoulders as a secondary body part, but they aren’t; they are the key to having a proportional and aesthetic physique. No amount of chest and arms will make up for having small shoulders; you will look smaller, narrower, and unbalanced.

So, how does one train shoulders properly? Before I answer this, it’s important for you to know that the deltoids are separated into three heads; front, side, and rear. I know that scientifically speaking they are given different names, but, for the purpose of this article, I’m going to keep things simple.

If you want your deltoids to grow, you need to train them with high intensity while dedicating equal amounts of time to each head of the muscle group. I personally like to do one heavy compound movement and follow it with two accessory exercises for the pump. This way I’m not only building size, but I’m also adding thickness and shape to the desired area.

Compound movements will always be your bread & butter; they will help you build size, thickness and strength. Accessory movements will also greatly contribute to adding mass while building a strong mind-muscle connection. Even though you can eventually incorporate super sets and drop sets into your routine, trust me when I say that in bodybuilding, simpler is always better; that’s why I like to stick to straight sets.

Building a Classic Physique

I know that a lot of lifters like to train shoulders with machines and even though there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s not the best way to grow a physique. I’m a huge fan of classic bodybuilders and everything they stood for. Even though I also follow modern bodybuilding and think it’s impressive, it doesn’t appeal to me like the old school era. Everything I do inside and outside of the gym, I learned from legends that shaped the sport beginning in the 60’s and up to early 90’s.

A classic physique can’t be complete without having big and broad shoulders that are complemented with a small waist. It’s extremely important to develop each head of the muscle proportionally, this way your physique will be balanced and pleasing. When it comes down to growing a body part, I like to switch things up between light and heavy weights, but I always stick to compound movements. When trying to work my front delts I always try different variations of pressing movements and follow them up with isolation exercises such as dumbbell front raises.

Side delts are pretty simple; any type of side raise variation will make them grow. I like to mix things up by doing heavy weight and/or light weight for a lot of reps. You can do this exercise by raising one hand at a time or with both together. If you want to take it to the next level, try doing side raises with a barbell; it sounds weird but the pump is insane.

The rear head of the delts is pretty simple and can be worked out by doing the reverse fly and switching up the hand position between sets; behind the back shrugs are also excellent for massive growth. Lastly, your traps will explode if you add shrugs and close-grip upright rows to your routine.