Exercising your deltoid muscles isn't only beneficial for good-looking shoulders; strengthening this major muscle can help prevent injury. According to HealthDay News, "two out of every three people will experience a shoulder injury or problem at some point in their lives." Focusing on deltoid exercises is an excellent way to minimize this risk.
Here are a few of our favorite shoulder workouts to incorporate into your fitness routine:
This exercise is great because it's simple and can be done anywhere. Use dumbbells, or a kettlebell, if you prefer, and aim to complete 10-12 reps of at least three sets. Remember to stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and extend your arm directly above your head with each press.
Another simple deltoid exercise with dumbbells, lateral raises are fantastic for strengthening your shoulders. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and raise both of your arms (with weights) out to either side of your body (making a T-shape). Do 10-12 reps of at least three sets.
Planks & Burpees
We love planks because they work various muscles, including deltoids. Walking planks and shoulder-tap planks are both great for working shoulders. Thy this fun rotation for a killer deltoid workout: 30 seconds walking planks, 30 seconds shoulder-tap planks, 30 seconds burpees. Repeat for five sets.
One more dumbbell exercise for the list, front raises are similar to lateral raises and also work your shoulders. For this one, you'll also want to stand with your feet shoulder-distance apart. Keep a slight bend in your elbow while raising both arms (with weights) directly in front of you. Do 10-12 reps for a minimum of three sets.
Always remember to hydrate and fuel before and after your workouts. And to prevent injury, ensure you feel confident completing an exercise before giving it a try. Youtube has excellent tutorials, and most gyms have personal trainers on-site to assist with form/technique.