4 Must-Try Shoulder Shaping Exercises

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As a woman, especially if you're a mother, you probably tend to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. So those shoulders might as well look great doing it, right?! Unfortunately, most women tend to ignore that body part in their usual fitness routine, preferring to spend their precious gym time sculpting legs, abs and arms. Certified personal trainer Dan Feinman disagrees with their tactics, saying that “strong, defined shoulders help your posture and give you a beautiful V-shape that instantly makes you look long and lean.”

Tara Zito is a nationally-ranked figure competitor who knows and understands the importance of well-sculpted shoulders and deltoids. Here are four of her favorite exercises for sculpting her shoulders.

Standing Overhead Press: Start with a straight bar or a pair of dumbbells resting on your upper chest and shoulders; press the dumbbells in front of your face, extending your elbows just short of locking out. Return the weight under control to your upper chest to complete the rep.

Overhead Press

Upright Row: You'll definitely feel the burn with this move. Click here to see how to do it.

Upright Row

Dumbbell Lateral Raise: You can do this move with a dumbbell, or if you don't have dumbbells, try full water bottles or gallons of water! Click here to see the move.

Lateral Raise

Rear Delt Fly: Stand holding dumbbells at your sides. With your feet together and knees slightly bent, bend over at waist so your torso is parallel to floor and arms hang straight down with your hands facing each other.  Raise your arms out to the sides parallel to the floor, squeezing your shoulder blades together during the movement. Keep your back flat, lower and repeat. (photo credit here)

(Photo: Fresh Body Fitness)