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What are the recommended exercise types for getting broad shoulders?

What exercises do you recommend, if one's main target is broad shoulders (and chest too, but less priority)? Does reducing exercises for other muscle group help? Any other tips?
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Opening up my chest and shoulders

I've been doing kung fu and tai chi for 3.5 years to date which has helped my posture. I can straighten out my back when I stand, but I still collapse my shoulders forwards when I stand because it's ...
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Rotator cuff strengthening for shoulder overuse injury

I like to do a lot of swimming, and recently my left shoulder had been giving me some minor pain and occasional clicking noises. I went to an orthopedic doctor and I was diagnosed with "Left AC ...
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Correct elbow location for bench press?

I was watching a video from Strong Lift's Mehdi on bench presses, and I noticed that instead of his elbows going out he heeps them close to his body. I remember a friend telling me to do something ...
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Exercise for shoulders strength with no special equipment

I'm traveling to a long period and neither able to attend a gym on a regular basis, nor to have equipment like dumbbells. I'm keen to do full-body workouts, but still can't find an exercise for ...
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How long do injured joints continue stabilizing?

I dislocated my shoulder about 9 months ago. I had thought it healed well until I started trying to play throwing sports again. It feels normal now anytime except when I try to throw a ball hard. ...
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How can I increase shoulder flexibiity for squats & snatches?

I have noticed flexbility is a big issue for me in squatting as well as snatching (I cannot snatch at all currently). For example, if I squat with no weight, I cannot complete a squat with my arms ...
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What is an effective and safe way to train shoulders out of the gym?

I am a house call personal trainer. I go to my clients' homes and train them there. I bring along the equipment which consists of a foam roller, a mat, valslides and resistance bands. At first I ...
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I am disabled, can I go to gym?

I am disabled, I use a walker and I'm practicing walking using elbow crutches. I can move my legs, I just can't balance so I have to use aids. My upper body is normal. I want to go to gym, to ...
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What can improve external shoulder rotation while squatting?

External shoulder rotation (or lack thereof) is becoming a problem for me as I squat a little heavier. It's preventing me from having a nice low bar and also forcing me to take quite a wide grip. ...
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Correct shoulder position when doing hanging leg raises

What is the correct shoulder positions when doing hanging leg raises? What are the reasons to do it this way and not another one? For example when you hang on the bar you can lift your body up and ...
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How can one improve performance on the back scratch test (zipper test)?

The Apley Scratch Test (aka zipper test, or Back Scratch Test) involves trying to touch your middle fingers behind your back, with one arm reaching back over the shoulder and the other reaching up ...
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Strange mark on shoulders after squatting

I was in the gym yesterday doing a relatively light session which included squatting on the smith machine. It was only about 130kg and I done about 3 sets of 8 reps. I woke up this morning with an ...
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Do handstand push ups and pike push ups work the posterior deltoid

I'm currently doing progression to reach the handstand push up. One of the progressions is the pike push up. I've read on a website that those exercises only works the anterior and lateral delts. Is ...
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Shoulder / Arm pain during overhead lifts

I have Shoulder / Arm pain when doing certain lifts. For over a year now i have experienced pain in my upper arm when doing overhead lifts. The location of the pain is show in the image. I thought ...
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exercise schedule without gym equipments

I am an IT professional, and don't get much time for exercising. I used to go to the gym, but now I dont get much time. All I have is just 15 minutes in the morning to exercise. I don't have any ...
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How to get rid of nerve pinch in shoulder?

I've had a nerve pinch in my right shoulder for god knows how long. I'm unable to go through the full motion of wide grip pull ups or wide grip cable pulldowns with any moderate weights. Anyone have ...
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Rectify different arm strengths?

I'm looking for some help with regards to my arm strength. My right arm is weaker than my left. A couple of years ago I dislocated my right shoulder. I was given the all-clear from the Dr's when ...
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Increase range of movement in Shoulders

What can I do to increase the range of movement in my shoulders (in any or all directions)? Is it even possible to significantly increase the range of movement in young adulthood? And what sorts of ...
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Stretches that are good for stiff neck and shoulders?

Are there stretches that can help with stiff neck and shoulders?
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How can I train my upper body strength with a shoulder that has a SLAP tear?

My question Between now and two months from now when I'm able to see an orthopedic surgeon, what exercises can I do in a hotel room with only my body weight that will not aggravate the shoulder ...
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Training to regain monkey bar ability without hurting shoulders

When I was a child, I had no problem with going across the monkey bars. Sure, my hands were usually sore afterwards (as much as anything because the outside bars had a tendency to oxidize and form ...
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Will doing a large amount of shoulder presses interspersed throughout the day improve strength?

Using a kettlebell while sitting at my desk to do occasional shoulder presses over the course of a few hours, I wonder if there's any benefit or am I just risking injury? What volume would I have to ...
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Collar bone visibility issue

I've been following a bodyweight training routine for 2 months now and I'm satisfied with the gains until now. I am training to improve how I look, and I've succeeded till now except for my shoulder. ...
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What kind of exercise can I do while having neck, shoulder and back pain?

About 2 weeks ago I started having really annoying pain in the neck, shoulders and to lesser extent back. I think the immediate cause could have been sleeping in draught under inadequate cover and ...
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Effect of band around arms when bench pressing

I worked out with some guys at my gym last night that introduced me to wearing a band just above the elbows (on the humerus) Below is a picture that partially resembles how I wore the band. Imagine ...
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Dumbbell Shoulder Press: Natural vs the usual grip

What is the difference? Does it target different muscles? It seems to me a bit more natural for my shoulders if I change the usual grip (open grip with palms out) and do a natural grip in my shoulder ...
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Twitching after Intense Workouts

I do high intensity training to build mass. I usually get muscle twitching after a hardcore training session. Usually in my Glutes, Triceps, Shoulders, Chest and Quads. I am genetically more gifted ...
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Should exercises for the rotator cuff be done at the same time as other shoulder's exercises?

I'm interested in doing exercises for strengthening the rotator's cuff, as suggested in this question/answer and other good resources. My question is, do these deserve their own spot in the training ...
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What are some shoulder healthy way to train tricep?

It seems like most workout targeting tricep is harmful to shoulders (dips, overhead extension), I have suffer from shoulder impingement from the past and would like work out my tricep in a healthy way ...
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What exercises will bulk up the pectorals and shoulders while avoiding the arms?

What are some free weight or body weight exercises (and general guidelines) to specifically bulk up the pectoral deltoid trapezius and other muscles around the shoulders while avoiding the arm ...
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What are good ways to prevent shoulder injuries? [closed]

I'll start this: Shoulder "dislocations" - great for improving shoulder mobility
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Is Upright Row a good alternative to Overhead Press for people with rounded shoulders?

I was yesterday night having fun with my two-years old daughter, doing Overhead Presses with an almost weightless aluminium tube, when I realized that my shoulders make cracking noises. I had never ...
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Can external rotations help an already torn rotator cuff?

I just got a new client who informed that both of his rotater cuffs are torn. From My understanding, it seems as though I should avoid all upper body exercises so that I don't injure them further. I ...
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Pull-ups: Pain on shoulder joint when lowering body - how to recover from, and prevent or avoid?

I just started doing pull-ups about two weeks ago on a pull-up bar (the one that fits on a doorframe - similar to this). A day after I started, I got muscle pains all over my shoulder and upper arm. ...
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Shoulders tire during EZ-bar curls

When I'm doing standing bar curls for a high rep-count (and especially during the 21-rep challenge), my shoulders are absolutely burning by the time I get close to finished. I'm focusing on keeping ...
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slouched shoulders get better when i open my hands

I have really big problems with my posture. I spent a lot of time sitting at computer for many years. My shoulders are rounded, they go forward and due to this my neck is overloaded. I have also ...
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Shoulder pain after training - How to continue?

I started weight lifting training again after a pause of 5 years. I started really slowly, always did a good warm up (10 min cardio + first sets with reduced weight). After two months of training I ...
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Recovery plan from tennis shoulder

Shoulder pain is caused by the assisting movement of tennis when you os humerus moves 2 cm outward from the normal position in each assist. The rubber band is my first choice. However, I do not have ...
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Is upright row bad for the shoulder?

I have replaced them with shrugs in my new workout, but after reading, http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/ss/slideshow-9-least-effective-exercises (slide 6) and ...
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Problem with shoulder workouts

So I've been working on shoulders for quite some time. I often only do either: 1.Dumbbell or barbell shoulder presses (overhead, full extension). 2.Wall presses or press ups (push ups). 3.Chest and ...
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Alternative exercise to “Cuff dribbles”

I have just read an article in bodybuilding.com about a balanced shoulder workout to build shoulder muscles in a healthy and safe way. Here is the link: ...
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What are some safe chest exercise for people with shoulder impingement?

Are there any safe chest exercise you can do when you have shoulder impingement? Or should you avoid all forms of chest exercise in general?
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why its paining in the shoulder blade after shoulder press, how to get rid of it?

I have been resuming exercising in GYM, after a long time (approx 3 years). I started with mix light weight exercise including, Biceps, Triceps, Chest, Shoulder+Back. Now after two weeks (10 days, ...
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Overhead presses when hyperlordotic

Doing standing shoulder presses, I'm very cautious not to learn backwards during the lift. My training partner and I specifically watch each other for this. However even without weights when my upper ...
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Interchanging Workouts

My current workout routine is as follows: Monday : Chest Tuesday : Triceps Wednesday : Lat's/Back Thursday : Biceps Friday : Shoulder Saturday, whole day I go to play cricket and Sunday is rest ...
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How do you maintain a healthy shoulder? [closed]

Shoulders problems are usually the bottleneck in training heavy weights, what kind of exercise or stretches would you do to ensure a healthy shoulder?
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How to train pectorals with shoulder injury?

I believe I have pulled some muscle in my shoulder. I do not know what muscle it is, but it feels "small" - the pain is very localized, and I can feel the pain when I massage the muscle. I think the ...
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How to improve mobility of shoulders where arms straight together behind back?

I attended one beginner course in CFT Lauttasaari where they said that this is a common problem with guys and recommended stick/bar training to improve flexibility and range of motion. This is ...
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Shoulder pain, around the cuff. Any help? [closed]

I have pain (not too bad) in the right shoulder. Annoying pain. I believe it could be rotator cuff related, and there is some soreness. I have had a shoulder cuff injury there before but it cleared ...