Shoul­ders above the rest

While the lure of a sea­son sans sleeves might have most peo­ple fo­cused on work­ing their bi­ceps and tri­ceps, we’d like to turn your at­ten­tion else­where: your shoul­ders

Women's Health Australia - - CONTENTS - By K. Aleisha Fet­ters

Don’t let a fo­cus on arms sap your sculpt­ing: shoul­ders are the real deal

fFor a strong, sculpted up­per body, most of us tend to up the train­ing fo­cus on our arms. Turns out, it’s our shoul­ders that help de­liver se­ri­ous re­sults. Why? As one of the most mus­cu­lar and metabol­i­cally ac­tive ar­eas in this re­gion of the body, they have the big­gest im­pact on over­all ex­er­cise per­for­mance and also on our meta­bolic rate. So, what­ever fit­ness goals you’re aim­ing for – whether that’s a pull-up PB, fi­nally ac­ing a hand­stand in yoga or crush­ing your tennis serve – your chances of suc­cess rest squarely on, well, your shoul­ders.

“Even some­thing like a deadlift, which you might not think of as an up­per­body ex­er­cise, re­quires strong shoul­ders,” says ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist Dr Mike T Nel­son. “If you can’t sta­bilise the load as you come up, you’re go­ing to have some is­sues.” Or you might not even be able to get the weight safely off the floor at all. Sculpt­ing your shoul­ders will re­shape and de­fine your up­per half, im­prove your pos­ture, chisel your arms and make you feel strong. Let’s get to work.

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