Build Strength with Shoulder Exercises

Shoulder exercises develop strength in the muscles of your shoulder: deltoid, trapezius, and latissimus dorsi. These muscles are used when you lift your arm to the side, when you rotate your arm, when you move your upper arm forward and backward at the shoulder, and when you lift your shoulders (scapula). They are used for such common actions as lifting and pulling. They are important for movements you make every day.

Of the many exercises for the shoulder that may be done, one of the best is called the Lateral Raise. To do this exercise, stand erect with your arms fully extended down at your sides, a dumbbell in each hand. Lift them both simultaneously, to a height that is a little above your shoulders. Lower the weights to the starting position. This is one rep.

Keep These Things in Mind

Always breathe in as you raise your arms, and breathe out as your lower them. Employ smooth, even motions throughout the exercise. Lift and lower the weights slowly, in order to gain full benefit from both the contraction and relaxation of each muscle. Concentrate upon and try to feel the specific shoulder muscles doing the work as you lift and lower the dumbbells. Remember— anti aging that works requires you to work at anti aging.

Watch this video for further explanation and demonstration of the Lateral Raise—


After completing the shoulder exercises, move on to the ab exercises.