Broad Shoulders – How To Get Them

When it comes to upper body workouts, most of the trainees are mainly concerned with chest and how much they can bench press.But if you are after a better physical appearance, broad shoulders should be your priority.

Broad shoulders make you look fitter and  more powerful, a characteristic that many men desire, but few have it.

Besides when you put a shirt on, no one can see how developed your chest is, but they can certainly spot massive shoulders. Also as I said, broad shoulder will make you more athletic an thinner.

The higher your “shoulders to waist” ratio the fitter you will look. Sadly, only a small percent of people really know how the shoulders are built, how they function and how to train them properly.

The shoulders have three heads:

Lateral shoulder head

The lateral head or the side deltoid head is the part that is responsible for moving the arms sideways and the one that contributes the most to shoulder width.

Two-time Mr. Olympia Larry Scott is a prefect example of how you can build broad shoulders with proper training and determination.

Anterior shoulder head

Although the lateral head is the one that makes your shoulders look wider, it almost always stays underworked. The honor of being the most worked head has the anterior or front head.

This is the most worked (and probably even overworked) shoulder head. This happens from all the bench pressing, shoulder pressing and dips.

Posterior shoulder head

The most underworked head is the posterior shoulder head. This head is extremely important in developing that “broad shoulders” look and depth in the shoulder region, because without it the shoulder will appear flat from the side.

So if you want to build wider shoulders you should mainly concentrate on the lateral an posterior head. There are three exercises that will develop these two shoulder heads and help you build broad shoulders.

1. Hang clean and press with a grip wider than shoulder width 3 x 6-8 reps – this exercise targets both your side delts and front delts
2. Side laterals 3 x 10 reps
3. Rear delt raise 3 x 10 reps

Remember, no one can see your chest and biceps with your clothes on, but everyone can see how athletic you are if you own a set of wide shoulders.

In case you need them, here are the 9 best shoulder exercises for building massive deltoids.

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