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Strong shoulders


Personal Trainer Julien Bertherat.

The shoulders make up a body part that is interesting because it contains different muscles which sit at the crossroads of the upper body. Without a strong set of shoulders a lot of what should follow down the body frame cannot take place effectively, so exercising the shoulders is important to ensure they deliver.


Injuries of the shoulders are common where training and particularly weight training is concerned. As some discover to their discomfort, an injury to the shoulder joints or the network of muscles that cover and protect them can have long-lasting and painful consequences.


In my experience, a tried and tested combination shoulders workout can be effective in building strong shoulders and also protect from injury, if such a combination is undertaken using the right technique and a sensible amount of weight (that the person exercising can work with safely), as follows.

Lateral raises, seated


Personal Trainer Julien Bertherat.

Step by step:


  1. Sit on a bench, with a dumbbell in each hand, arms at your sides, palms facing in.