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Three lifts to sculpt your shoulders

Shoulder pads may be a thing of the past, but having strong, shapely shoulders will never go out of style. Incorporate these moves into your weekly routines to help keep your shoulders looking sleek and strong.
 

  1. Lateral Raise
    Stand up straight, feet shoulder width apart, shoulders back, and knees slightly bent. Hold a pair of dumbbells to the side of your thighs, palms facing in, keeping a slight bend at your elbow.
    Raise your arms up and out to your sides, keeping a slight bend in your elbow, until elbows are at shoulder level. Lower dumbbells (keeping control of the movement) and repeat.

    Make it easier: Do the move while seated, making sure to sit up straight with shoulders back.
    Make it harder: Try the move while seated on an exercise ball, or raise just one arm at a time, alternating arms.
     

  2. Front Raise
    Stand up straight, feet shoulder width apart, shoulders back, and knees slightly bent. Hold a pair of dumbbells in front of your thighs, palms facing in.
    Keeping arms straight, raise dumbbells out in front of you until your arms are parallel to the floor. Lower and repeat.

    Make it easier: Do the move while seated, making sure to sit up straight with shoulders back.
    Make it harder: Try the move while seated on an exercise ball, or raise just one arm at a time, alternating arms.
     

  3. Rear Raise
    Stand with feet shoulder width apart, lean forward at the waist about 45 degrees, making sure to keep your back flat. Hold a pair of dumbbells in front of you, palms facing inward, elbows slightly bent.
    Lift arms out to your sides, keeping elbows slightly bent, until your elbows are at shoulder height, palms facing the floor. Lower and repeat.

    Make it easier: Do the move while seated with legs together, leaning forward with weights starting near your feet.
    Make it harder: Try the move while seated on an exercise ball, or raise just one arm at a time, alternating arms.

 

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