4 Ways to Build Freakish Shoulders

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Big, broad shoulders can make you look bigger than you really are. Straight sets can only get you so far. These four strategies are easily added to your current shoulder routine to blast more muscle fibers for faster growth.

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Dropsets are an old-school bodybuilding classic. Choose a shoulder exercise of your choice, our recommendation is the dumbbell high pull. Start heavy and aim for six reps without rest. Drop the weight by 5-10 pounds and complete as many reps to failure as possible. Continue this structure 2-3 times. 

Perform three sets with 60-90 seconds rest.

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This trick is all about pounding each part of the shoulder individually. Complete 10 reps of neutral-grip military presses with dumbbells with minimal rest. Drop the weight and complete 10 reps of dumbbell front raises. Again, drop the weight with minimal rest and complete 10 reps of rear-delt flyes.

Complete a total of three sets with 60-90 seconds rest. 

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The partial burns are a one-two punch on the shoulders. Grab a pair of very heavy dumbbells and complete partial-side lateral raises. The dumbbells should move no more than six to eight inches from your side but tension should constantly be held on the muscle. After completing 10-12 reps, quickly grab significantly lighter dumbbells and complete full-range-of-motion side-lateral raises to failure.

Complete three sets with 60-90 seconds rest.

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Statics are simple, brutal, and very effective. Set up a cable or pulley with very light resistance. Complete a single rep of a lateral raise, front raise, or rear flye, then hold at the top for 10 seconds. Complete a total of 10 reps with 10-second holds.

Complete three sets with 60-90 seconds rest.

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