Deltoid Raises for Shoulder Strength
When we talk about the deltoids, we’re really talking about the shoulder muscles. The shoulder muscles are an important asset for many fitness connoisseurs. Strong shoulders will add definition and form to the outside lines of your body. They’ll make you feel like you can bust through your shirt, Hulk-style.
From a more practical perspective, strengthening your shoulders will increase the ease with which you can complete everyday tasks like carrying shopping bags and picking up children. Luckily, there are a number of effective ways to strengthen these muscles.
Although you can certainly increase your strength without the use of hand-held weights like dumbbells, today’s exercise calls for a set of them. If you don’t have dumbbells, a set of books or half-full water jugswill also do the trick. Be sure to keep weight on the lower side of what you’re comfortable with – there’s a temptation to overstrain with this exercise.
Deltoid Raise Directions
Begin by standing with your feet shoulder width apart and your hands by your sides.
With your elbows slightly bent, raise the weights directly in front of you, bringing them up to shoulder height.
Avoid the temptation to cheat by swinging the weights upwards – focus on control and form.
Slowly lower the weights back down to your sides.
Now raise the weights back up again, but this time, raise them out to either side of your body. Continue to lift them until they are at shoulder height.
Slowly return them down to your sides.
Repeat these two variations for ten reps.