You’re answer is either “Hell yes!” or “Hmmm. I hadn’t thought about it.”
For the last 3 years I joke and say I want”Kelly Ripa” arms – that chick has some guns! Now, I can be honest with myself and realize that probably isn’t going to happen (nor do I really want to be that buff), but I am more than happy with “toned” shoulders.
Here’s what I’ve found to work for me:
- HEAVY WEIGHTS – Use 8-12 lb weights for shoulder presses and SIDE arm raises. Do 8-12 reps. Make sure you rest in between sets with squats or crunches. You’ll notice you can’t get your arms parallel to the floor doing a side arm raise with the heavy weights so go as high as you can without engaging your traps (muscles next to your neck).
- LIGHT WEIGHTS – Use 3-5 lb weights and do continuous exercises – presses, front and side raises, curls, goal posts – for 4-6 minutes (or one song) without stopping. Do one movement until it burns then move on. Curls will be your resting movement. This is usually a warm up for weight lifting.
- BOXING – use 1-5 lb weights and jab+punch to the beat of a song for 3 minutes. Again, this is a warm up to get my upper body ready for a bigger workout, but it also tones my shoulders.
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