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Tank tops, off the shoulder, no shoulder tops – oh my! Summer is coming and so are the shoulder revealing tops. And who doesn’t like to show off a nice set of shapely shoulders? Are you wondering which exercises will give you the biggest payoff? Give these six exercises a try twice a week and you will be showing off your shoulders before you know it.

*Rest for 30 seconds between sets and one minute between exercises.

Warm Up:  It’s always good to start with 10-15 minute warm ups to get those muscles nice and warm and it will help prevent injury. If you’re at the gym, jump on the treadmill. If you’re at home, hit the neighborhood. Walk/run/bike 5-8 minutes one way then turn around and head back.

Dumbbell Front Raise:

  • Beginner – Light Weight, 2 sets of 10
  • Advanced – Heavy Weight, 3 sets of 12
  • Why – This exercise affects the front deltoid muscles (tops of your shoulders).

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Dumbbell Side Lateral Raise:

  • Beginner – Light Weight, 2 sets of 10
  • Advanced – Heavy Weight, 3 sets of 12
  • Why – It is the best women’s shoulder exercise for working the middle of the deltoids.

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Seated Dumbbell Military Press

  • Beginner – Light Weight, 2 sets of 10
  • Advanced – Heavy Weight, 3 sets of 12
  • Why – This exercise works the middle of the deltoid as well as the trapezius muscle (upper middle back/neck).

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Push-Ups:

  • Beginner – 2 sets of 10
  • Advanced – 3 sets of 15
  • Why – The push-up is excellent for building shoulder, back, chest, and arm muscles.

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Shoulders Shrugs:

  • Beginner – Light Weight, 2 sets of 15
  • Advanced – Heavy Weight, 3 sets of 20
  • Why – Shoulder shrugs focus on building up the trapezius muscle.

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Upright Row:

  • Beginner – Light Weight, 2 sets of 12
  • Advanced – Heavy Weight, 3 sets of 15
  • Why – This is a multi-task exercise that involves the trapezius, the deltoids and the biceps.

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