Best Shoulder Exercises for Men and Women: Shoulder Strengthening Exercises for Shoulder Workouts

Here are some of the best shoulder exercises for men and women, and you can perform them in many different ways.

You can use barbells, dumbbells, cables or machines.

Barbell Exercises for the Shoulders

When it comes to the shoulders the Overhead Barbell Press, also called the Military Press, is one the best shoulder strengthening exercises. It is great for building strength and lean muscle in the shoulders.

Barbell Upright Rows
Standing Barbell Overhead Press
Barbell Front Raises

Dumbbell Exercises for the Shoulders

Dumbbells can be used to work the shoulder in many different ways. The shoulder has three different parts and working your shoulders in different directions is important for maintaining balance around the shoulder.


Seated Dumbbell Overhead/ Military Press
Standing Dumbbell Overhead/ Military Press
Dumbbell Front Raises
Dumbbell Lateral Raises
Dumbbell Reverse Flyes
Dumbbell Straight Arm Extensions

Cable Exercises for the Shoulders

Cables offer a different feel from barbells and dumbbells, partly because they offer constant tension throughout the entire range of motion.


Cable Front Raises
Cable Lateral Raises
Cable Reverse Flyes

Shoulder Workout Machines

Overhead Press Shoulder Machine
Lateral Raise Shoulder Machine
Reverse Flye Machine
Military Press on a Smith Machine

Resistance Band Exercises for the Shoulders

Reverse Flyes with Resistance Bands

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