The deltoids are strengthened and toned using shoulder exercises. Women’s shoulder workouts improve fitness and stamina while also reducing shoulder pain. Every woman, regardless of age, career, or fitness level, should do shoulder exercises.
A pair of deltoids that are shapely and rounded, with a distinct separation from the biceps, proclaims to the world that you are fit, toned, and tight.
Shoulders that are sexy and toned are the ideal complement to a sleeveless top or dress. Training the muscles that support this joint not only improves definition and esthetics in the upper body, but it also improves stability and prevents damage in the shoulders.
Best dumbbell exercises for women to get sculpted deltoids
Increase your range of motion, strengthen your rotator cuffs and deltoid muscles, and improve your posture with these 7 exercises:
1) Arnold press
- The Arnold Press requires you to move in multiple planes of motion in order to hit all of the shoulder’s heads! Here are the steps to follow to do the Arnold press properly:
- With an underhand grip (palms facing you), elbows at shoulder height in front of your torso, and dumbbells at around eye level, hold both dumbbells.
- Rotate your palms away from your body as you press the dumbbells overhead, engaging your core and keeping a tiny bend on your knees to preserve your lower back. This is a large, complete range of motion action. Before you press overhead, imagine drawing a half circle with your hands.
- Then, as you descend down to the starting position, reverse the motion, twisting your wrists inward (finishing with palms facing you). Rather than allowing your elbows to fall down, try to keep them at shoulder height.
- It counts as one rep.
2) Reverse fly
The deltoid muscle’s posterior region is the target of this move. It will not only improve the tone and contour of your shoulders by strengthening the posterior deltoid. In addition, you will be strengthening your posture and relieving pressure on your back and neck.
Follow these steps to do the reverse fly correctly:
- With a light pair of dumbbells at your side, stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Maintain a neutral spine with your shoulder blades pointing down.
- Bend forward at the hips until your torso forms a 45-degree angle with the floor. Dumbbells should be in front of you. Make sure your core is in good shape.
- Pivot from the shoulder joint to bring the weights out to the sides until they are in line with your shoulders, keeping your arm straight but not rigid.
- Bring your shoulder blades together while keeping your lower back slightly arched and not rounded.
- Hold for two seconds at the peak, then slowly return to the starting position.
- As you lift the weight, exhale and then inhale as you return to the starting position.
3) Lateral raise
A lateral raise is a wonderful exercise that targets the lateral deltoid muscle as well as engaging the anterior deltoid and posterior deltoid.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, and a dumbbell in each hand at hip level, palms facing inward.
- Squeeze the dumbbells with a tiny bend in each arm at the elbow, slightly turning them as you rise so the dumbbells end parallel to the floor. Raise only to shoulder level.
- Return to the starting position, palm facing inward, with control.
- That counts as one rep.
4) Pec deck butterfly
Anterior (front) deltoids, pectoralis major (chest muscle), triceps, and lats are targeted with the pec deck butterfly. Here are the steps to follow:
- With a dumbbell in each hand, stand tall.
- Bend your elbows so that your upper arms are parallel to the ground and your forearms are erect and at 90 degrees with your upper arms when lifting the dumbbells.
- Bring your elbows close to your face and engage your abs.
- Return them to their original location. Perform three sets of 15 reps.
5) Dumbbell upright row
This exercise targets Lateral (side) deltoids, posterior (back) deltoids, biceps, triceps, lats, rhomboids, serratus anterior (side of your chest), and pectoralis major (chest muscle).
Here are the steps to do the dumbbell upright row properly:
- In each hand, take a dumbbell. With your legs hip-width apart, shoulders rolled back, and palms facing your thighs, stand straight.
- Flex your elbows to bring the dumbbells up to your chest level. Maintain a neutral posture with your elbows away from your body, upper arms at shoulder height, palms facing inward, and wrists lower than your elbows.
- Return the weight to the starting position slowly. Perform three sets of 15 reps.
6) Delt shrugs
Lateral (side) deltoids, posterior (back) deltoids, lats, levator scapulae (side of your neck), and pectoralis major (chest muscle) are the muscles targeted in delt shrug.
Here are the steps to do this exercise properly:
- In each hand, take a dumbbell.
- Keep your palms facing inward and your hands at your side.
- Keep your back straight. Maintain a firm core and shoulders rolled back.
- Raise your shoulders to your ears, pause, and then return to the starting position.
- Perform three sets of 12 repetitions.
7) Dumbbell punches
This boxing movement is commonly utilized for speed, agility, and strength, but it also tones and sculpts your upper body by working your deltoids, triceps, and lats.
Follow these steps to perform dumbbell punches correctly:
- Hold a dumbbell in each hand in front of your chest, goblet-style.
- Squat deeply while maintaining your chest up, moving your hips back and putting weight on your heels.
- Throw a controlled jab-cross combo while keeping position at the bottom of your squat, twisting at the waist as you stretch each weight out in front of you.
- As you stand back up, return both hands to the goblet hold and tighten the glutes.
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