7 Moves To Sculpt Your Back And Shoulders

Fitness: Workouts

By: // March 21, 2016


Most of us covet a flat stomach and toned legs—but what about the body parts you can’t see in a mirror? Just because they’re out of your sight range doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be strengthened.  Strong upper back and shoulder muscles are a necessary part of the overall balance in your body. Not only that, but it’s fun to show them off when they’re strong and sculpted! Here’s the good news: when you work your shoulders and upper back, your arms have to come along for the ride, leaving you with better biceps and triceps to boot! Here are 7 of our favorite moves to sculpt your back and shoulders.

Tips on Weight Training For The Back and Shoulders

First and foremost, before we get to the moves, we need to dispel some common myths. Namely, that lifting heavy weights will make you “bulk up.” This is a common misconception and simply not true. If you want big change you must use big weights and push yourself to muscle fatigue and or failure. Ladies—you will not bulk up! Heavy weights are required for sculpting sexy, defined muscles.

Secondly, you must use good form. Working the upper back and can be tricky. Many people default to shrugging their shoulders or adopting a hunched-over posture. This leaves you with pinched nerves in your neck and a sore lower back. It is likely one of the reasons people tend to avoid upper back exercises. As such, it’s imperative that you approach the exercises with caution and proper technique. This includes:

  1. Keeping your abdominals pulled in at all times
  2. Keeping your spine long at all times
  3. Keeping your shoulder blades stable and drawn down

With that in mind, let’s get started! The following exercises can be done 2-3 times per week. Combine them with some good cardio exercise and you’ll be on your way to sleek and sculpted shoulders and a sexy back.

1. Shoulder Overhead Press

Do a shoulder overhead press to tone your shoulders.A) Start with feet hip distance apart. Bring elbows out to the side creating a goal post position with arms, dumbbells are at the side of the head, and abdominals are tight.

B) Press dumbbells slowly up until arms are straight. Slowly return to starting position with control. Repeat for 8-12 reps.

Related: 10 Best Exercises For Your Bad Back

2. Reverse Grip Double Arm Row

Perform a reverse grip doble arm row for toned shoulders.A) Start with legs together and sit back into a slight squat, engaging abdominals. Arms are in front of the body, holding dumbbells at hip height with palms facing the ceiling.

B) Draw elbows back past hips gently hugging the side body so you feel lats and triceps engage and return forward with control. Repeat for 8-12 reps.

3. Shoulder Front Raise

Perform a shoulder front raise to tone your back and shoulders.

A) Stand with feet together, dumbbells resting in front of thighs, keeping abdominals tight, and drawing your shoulders down in the back.

B) Lift dumbbells slowly to shoulder height and return back down with control. Avoid swinging or using momentum. Repeat for 8-12 reps.

4. Press Backs

Perform moves like press backs to tone your shoulders and back.A) Start with feet hip distance apart. Engage your abdominals and sit back into a slight squat. Dumbbells start at the sides of the knees.

B) Keeping the core engaged, press the dumbbells past your hips and return with control. Avoid swinging the arms or bending the elbows. Perform 8-12 reps.

5. Overhead Pulls

Try overhead pulls to strengthen your shoulders and back.A) Lie on back with knees bent and feet on the floor. Arms are extended above chest to start. Engage your abdominals.

B) Lower dumbbells past your head, keeping arms mostly straight with elbows slightly bent. Keeping abdominals tight, raise dumbbells back to start. Low back should stay firm against the floor throughout. Perform 8-12 reps.

6. Renegade Rows

Renegade rows are a powerful move to tone your back and shoulders.A) Begin in a full plank with dumbbells in hands, arms extended, and on toes. (Kneeling variation is fine if you are not able to do a full plank). Engage your abdominals draw the belly inward towards your spine.

B) Pull right dumbbell up toward right hip bone, keeping weight close to your side. Slowly return it to the floor and repeat with the left dumbbell. Perform 20 total reps-10 per arm.

7. Single Arm Row

Moves like the single arm row will help strengthen and tone your shoulders and back.A) Stand in split stance with your right foot forward and the dumbbell in left arm. Slightly hinge over from your hip flexors, keeping your abdominals engaged to protect your low back.

B) Pull the elbow straight back past your hip (keep arms close to the body; don’t let your elbow wing out). Engage and squeeze your back muscles, then lower the dumbbell back to start position with control. Perform 8-10 reps for each side.

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