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When it comes to building boulder shoulders there is one exercise that comes to mind, the bench press.
However, it is certainly not the only way to build impressive shoulder muscles. In fact if you bench press too often you may find that your progress may be halted.
I bet a few of you reading this have experienced shoulder pain thanks to the bench press. So what can you do instead?
The following are 3 other moves that will help you to build those huge boulder shoulders to be proud of. Don't forget that what you eat has a huge impact on your gains, this guide to bulking will show you what you should be eating.
#1: Overhead Press
Before the bench press became so popular the overhead press was one of the best exercises for building your shoulder muscles.
In the real world you would be more likely to lift something above your head rather than lifting something while laying on your back, so the overhead press will deliver real-life actions, which often produce the best results.
The overhead press is not only a good exercise for the shoulders, but if you are serious about building proportionate amounts of muscle across your entire body then this exercise is for you.
If performed with the correct form the overhead press can work the following muscles:
- Lower back
- Serratus anterior
- Upper thighs
#2: Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press
This movement works in a similar fashion as the overhead press, but as you are seated you will be able to specifically focus on your shoulders.
Doing so will encourage significant muscle growth in these specific muscles.
#3: Pike Push-Ups
The pike push-up is basically the same as an ordinary push-up, except for the fact that your legs are raised off the ground, perhaps on a bench or a stability ball.
This action forces you to put for emphasis onto your shoulder muscles, rather than your chest.
These pike push-ups are also a good exercise for your abs, but just be careful not to do these to exhaustion as you most certainly do not want to be falling onto your face.