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9 Best Exercises for Wider Shoulders

Learn how to get wider broader shoulders with these 9 exercises.

These nine best exercises for wider shoulders are a great addition to your training if your aim is not only to grow your shoulders but also get a V-taper upper body.

This shape, where the shoulders are visibly wider than the hips, should not be too hard to achieve if you add the right exercises into your training.

Max Posternak, behind YouTube channel Gravity Transformation, goes over his best exercises for wider shoulders and includes training techniques on how to incorporate them in your routine to make your upper body bigger.

9 Best Exercises for Wider Shoulders

Before you try the exercises, remember that the shoulder has got three heads: anterior, lateral, and posterior. If you want to achieve shoulder width, you’ll want to primarily target the middle and back of the shoulder as many compound exercises you’re likely doing – such as the bench press – already target the front head.

  1. Lateral Raise
  2. Bent Over Reverse Cable Fly
  3. Bent Arm Lateral Raise
  4. Reverse Dumbbell Fly
  5. Leaning Lateral Raise
  6. High Cable Reverse Fly
  7. Cable Lateral Raise (Straddle)
  8. Cable Crossover Lateral Raise
  9. Incline Lateral Raise

Lateral Raise

Lean slightly forward to target the middle head of the shoulder

Bent Over Reverse Cable Fly

This exercise targets the posterior head of the shoulder

Bent Arm Lateral Raise

This exercise has many of the same benefits as the barbell row.

Reverse Dumbbell Fly

Make sure you keep your chest up and shoulder blades back to protect your lower back. The more you bent forward, the more you’ll isolate the posterior shoulder head.

Leaning Lateral Raise

This is one of the best exercises for wider shoulders as it helps work the body part in a way that’s just not possible with regular lateral raises.

High Cable Reverse Fly

This is a great exercise for the back of the shoulders.

Cable Lateral Raise (Straddle)

Place the cable between your legs to target the middle and back part of your shoulder more.

Cable Crossover Lateral Raise

Similar to the cable crossover, this variation doesn’t target the chest but the shoulders.

Incline Lateral Raise

Use a bench set at an incline between 60 and 70 degrees.

Front Dumbbell RaiseSource: Anastase Maragos

Add these exercises to your workouts

These 9 exercises for wider shoulders will provide you with at least two workouts that you can then add to your training routine.

Choose between 4 and 5 exercises, using a challenging weight, and perform 3 sets of around 10 reps of each exercise per set.

If you want more shoulder exercises, add the Dumbbell Shoulder Press, Arnold Press or Military Press to your training.

Read more: The 8 Best Exercises for a Wider Back

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