Shoulder Exercises: Dumbbell Exercises
Shoulder Strengthening Exercises

This site is primarily about the abs, but here are 2 of the best shoulder exercises with dumbbells.

You can also visit my other site www.All-About-Arm-Exercises.com to learn more shoulder strengthening exercises.

This page shows you the form and pictures for the overhead military press with dumbbells and lateral raises for the shoulders.

The shoulder has three parts... front, side, and back. Or in more anatomincal terms anterior, middle, and posterior.

Part of the shoulder will work during almost any upper body exercise, but the 2 exercises below work the entire shoulder at once.

If you do these 2 exercises for your shoulders, then you've got them covered, but you can always add more to fine tune if you like.

Shoulder Strengthening Exercises:
Dumbbell Overhead Press

Starting Position: Begin by sitting on a bench (preferably one with a back support). Hold the dummbbells in your hands at shoulder level with your palms facing forward.

Form: Exhale and press the dumbbells over your head. Hold for just a brief second and then slowly lower to the starting position.

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Personal Trainer Tips: Always move in a controlled manner so momentum doesn't take over and maintain proper form.

When you lift your arms over head, there is a natural tendency for your lower back to arch. Be mindful of the position of your lower back and engage your core muscles to maintain good alignment in your spine.

You don't have to push as high as possible. Use a confortable range of motion.

Shoulder Strengthening Exercises:
Dumbbell Lateral Raises

Starting Position: Stand or sit with dumbbells at your sides. Keep your palms facing your body.

Form: Exhale and raise your arms out to the sides until they reach about 90 degrees. Hold for a brief second and the top and then slowly lower to the starting position.

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Personal Trainer Tips: At the top of this exercise, your palms should be facing the floor.

You may feel some muscle work in your neck (trapezius muscle), because the trapezius (a neck muscle) will work to move and stabilize your shoulder blade during this exercise.

If you feel excessive muscle work in your neck, try using a lighter weight, be mindful of your form and do not shrug your shoulders, and try a few neck stretches after the exercise.


Some weight lifting exercises should be a part of any overall fitness program, and weight training can be an integral part of a weight management program.

When constructing a weight lifting routine, think about balance. Work most of your major muscles if you are doing a total body workout.

These are the 2 best overall shoulder exercises, so if these are the only ones you perform for your shoulders you'll have strong shoulders.

Yours in Health,
Dr. Charles PT/PT
All About Abs.com

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