Shoulder Workout Routine

The first thing you will notice in a man is his pecs and his huge wide shoulder. Just like abs, who doesn’t want a wide, round, huge shoulders. I personally love the way it separates traps and delts. This particular shoulder  workout routine is for the beginners out there who want to strengthen and widen there upper portion. Wide shoulder with wide lats is what gives a V-taper look that everyone is an absolute fan of.

Lets get started with the shoulder workout routine. Here is minimum number of exercises that you will need to target all three heads of the shoulder. We will do some isolation as well as compound movement to incorporate more muscles.

Shoulder Warmup Routine

Warm up is must before working any muscle in your body. Shoulder warm up is required in almost every upper body exercise as it has participation in almost every exercise.

For warm up, do these exercises;

  • Arms circle

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  • Shoulder dislocation with resistance band
  • Pike push up

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Perform 2-3 sets of these warm up exercises for 7-8 reps max. The idea here is to warm the shoulder muscles, not fatigue them.

Shoulder Workout

Here is the list of workout that you can perform to strengthen your muscles. Being a beginner, you can add size and strength while advanced lifters can perform them as an old-school exercise. You all can perform them no matter what level you are.

  1. Shoulder press: 3-4 sets, 8-12 reps

    Shoulder press is awesome and old-school way of working your shoulders. It is often called military press depending on your position and equipment you use. It is a compound movement and is awesome mass builder. Shoulder press targets you front delt and lateral delt more.
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  2. Bent-over Rear Delt Raises: 3-4 sets, 8-12 reps

    This exercise is an isolation exercise that lets you isolate your rear delt. As rear delt is not visible to you, people tend to work them less. Working rear delt can help you add weights in your chest bench press as rear delt is one of the stabilizer muscle.
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  3. Front raises: 3 sets, 8-10 reps

    Most people out there might tell you that working front delt separately is not important. But as a beginner, you have to work every muscles to strengthen them. Skipping on those muscles might create imbalance in your muscles.
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  4. Dumbbell Lateral raises: 3-4 sets, 12-15 reps

    Your lateral head of the delt is what creates that roundness when you see from the front. This muscle is bigger than the front and rear delt and part of it is always trained with rear delt or front delt. Working these muscles properly will give you your desired boulder shoulder look.
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  5. Shrugs: 3-4 sets, 12-15 reps

    Shrugs is the staple exercise for building those massive traps. You might have seen many outer loading the weight more than their ego and yanking like a chicken head. But seriously, they show no bigger difference than your ego. keep those ego aside and perform slow controlled reps, squeezing at the top and holding the squeeze. You will gain the full advantage of the range of motion and fun part, you wont even have to load up the bar.
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Variations For Shoulder Workout Routine

Your body is an intelligent machine. You need to vary your workout to shock the muscle every time it stops responding. Some of the variations you can perform are;

  • Equipment: For equipment, you can switch between dumbbell, barbell, machines and even kettle bells. Each one will help you work your strength and stability.
  • Switching orders: While your body is ready to do a particular exercise, you can switch orders to give it a little twist.
  • Drop sets and Pyramid sets: You can perform drop sets and pyramid sets time and again to squeeze out every bit from those exercises giving you awesome pump.
  • Varying Tempo: You can vary tempo to increase the time under tension and trouble the muscle more rushing more and more nutrients in those area through blood.

Conclusion

This wraps up the shoulder workout routine. It is fairly simple to do and understand. As you grow, you can create better mind muscle connection. Knowing how you muscles work, you can tweak your workout to match your taste. Workout routines are always hit and trial way of targeting your muscles. No one can do it better than you.

Back Workout Routine

Before you can even start, just consider one thing, your back has whole lot of big muscles. It might be controversial, but traps too take huge part of back, then there are lats, smaller muscles like rhomboids, and little yet delicate muscles. Training back muscle will require more precise and correct back workout routine for your choice. Given below is the simple yet effective beginner’s back workout routine. Don’t worry, even if you are advance lifter, basics are always important.

Back Workout Warmup

While you think that a bunch of pull up and chin up first thing in the gym is ideal, it is not. The idea here is when you straight jump into the pull ups, your shoulder is compromised. Pull ups as warm  up is bad for your shoulder. Yes you can incorporate it in your workout, but once your body is properly warmed up.

For warm up, you can do these:

  • Warm your shoulders with arm circles.
  • Warm your scapula by doing bunch of cat pose
  • Touch  toes
  • Very light rear delt raises

Perform few sets of these and you are warmed and your body is ready for torture.

Workout Routine for Back

Here is a routine, the basic one, you can do to target your overall back muscles. I like to start with the compounds first. It is also ideal because you can lift more and target more muscles by compound exercise.

  1. Deadlift
    Any variation of deadlift will work just fine. Barbell deadlift is the king of all back workout of all time. It not only works your back, but also your glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves, shoulders, arms etc. It is a total mass and strength builder. Read about the barbell deadlift here Barbell Deadlift.
  2. Barbell Bentover Row
    Bentover Row, no matter barbell version or dumbbell version, will work you lats effectively. Changing grip in barbell version will help you target specific area of lat while dumbbell will give you overall stretch and squeeze.
  3. T-Bar Row
    T-Bar row for me is basically upper back movement. It engages a lot of upper back throughout the exercise. There are different grips and width, you can work these movement with.
  4. Lat-Pulldown
    As the name suggests, it works your lats. Grip-width won’t matter much but some say it will make the mind muscle connection stronger. Grip variation will definitely target different area of lat, throw in some variation every now and then.
  5. Shrugs
    These can be done on either day, shoulder or back. Engaging traps in back day while it is already engaged in most of the exercise will give you good contraction.Again, there are many variation to it, choose your style and that works for you more.
  6. Pull-ups and Chin-ups
    Believe me, this can be a great finisher. Burning up those muscles with as many as you can will leave you drenched in sweat. Your back is screaming by now and you know, you did a great job when you feel so.

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Quick Back Workout Routine Recap

  1. Deadlift:- 3-4 sets with moderate 8-12 reps
  2. Barbell Bentover Row:- 3-4 sets with controlled 8-10 reps
  3. T-Bar Row:- 3 sets of screaming 10-12 reps
  4. Lat-Pulldown:- 4 sets with light and controlled eccentric 10-12 reps
  5.  Shrugs:- 4 sets of light and squeezing 12-15 reps
  6. Pull-ups and Chin-ups:- Till you can’t continue any more

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Back Workout Variations

There is pretty much variation for every exercise. You can switch grip for some, control tempo for some or tools for some. Some of the variations you can apply are as follows.

  • Varying Grips
    Like in rows, pulldowns and all, you can switch between supinated (palms facing you) and pronated (palms facing away from you). This will result in isolating different muscles with better contraction.
  • Varying Tempo
    Tempo stands for how slow or fast you do your workouts. Tempo sometimes determine which kind of muscle fiber is being recruited. There are fast twitch and slow twitch muscle fiber which work with different tempo.
  • Varying Tools
    For tools, you can switch from machine to barbell to dumbbells to kettle bells. The choice is yours. While dumbbells will require equal stability from your both halves, barbell works both halves in unison, while machine takes stability factor all out.

These three will cover almost any variation that you would like to do in your workout.

Conclusion

This is not the ultimate back building workout routine that no one else can suggest you. To be honest, once you know what exercise works which part of your muscles, you can easily determine how you are going to target your muscle. Be wise, don’t ego lift, try out all exercises with proper form and continue the one that suits you the best. For more info, you can checkout Bodybuilding.com website.

Best Workouts for Toned Arms

What did you do first when you join the gym? If you are like me and many others, you probably lifted dumbbells and started curling. We all want that toned arms. Probably because it is one of the visible muscles that gets attention first. New comers focus more on the visible muscle like chest and arms not knowing the basics. In this topic, I will be giving you few of the best workouts for toned arms. You might find some easy while other hard as hell. But it is a common fact in fitness, no pain no gain.

Getting the form of exercise right solves 70% of our problems with exercise and rest might come from our body. Well to have well-built and toned arms, whether you are male or female, you will not require that much of heavy weights as well. For both strength and aesthetic purposes, these exercises are suitable for all the individuals. There are some arm workouts without weights given in this topic as well. Given below are few of the best workouts for toned arms.

Arms Workouts

  1. Dumbbell Curls:
    It is the most basic yet very powerful exercise in building toned arms. With dumbbells, you give the biceps some extra room to squeeze that last part. Grab the suitable weight and start curling. Perform for 8-12 repetitions for 3-4 sets.
  2. Dumbbell Hammer Curl:
    Just like you did the dumbbell curl, now its time for hammer curl. The range of motion is same, the only difference is grip. Hold the dumbbell as if you were holding the hammer. This workout will target the golf ball shaped muscle on the outer side of the arm between triceps and biceps. Perform 8-12 repetition for 3-4 sets.
  3. Triceps Bar Pushdown:
    Every gym has the cable curling machine. Attach a small bar to the cable and with pulley being on top, start to perform pushdown as in the picture. This will work your triceps medial and short head more giving you the horse-shoe look. Perform 10-15 repetition for 3-4 sets.
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  4. Triceps Bench Dips:
    It is one of the exercises to target the long head of the triceps more. Position yourself as in the picture. Now lower you butt down to give a good stretch in your triceps and return back up. Give a good squeeze at the top and feel the burn. Perform 3-4 sets of 10-12 repetitions. Don’t hesitate to add weight if you feel you can.
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  5. Wrist curl:
    Well, you cannot neglect the forearms if you want toned arms and in proportion. To perform this exercise, hold a dumbbell in hand, palm facing upward. Now keeping the arms stationary in one place, curl the wrist up. Feel the squeeze in your forearms. Perform 10-12 repetitions for 3-4 sets.

Wrapping up

These are only few but effective best workouts for toned arms. You don’t need to tons of exercise for these small muscle groups. Minimal workouts with just the right intensity will do wonders to your arms. Follow the workout and let us know if you need any suggestion.