Top Shoulder Exercises to Help Athletes Build Strength & Prevent Injury

Build stronger shoulders.

These top shoulder exercises are essential for CrossFit Athletes who want to keep their shoulders strong and injury-free for lifting.

Many athletes and gym-goers have strong front deltoids from all the bench pressing over the years. Although the bench press is a great exercise for overall front shoulder strength, it may at some point pull your upper body forwards if the body is not developed in balance, and any asymmetries are not addressed.

This article includes a variety of isolation, isometric, carries and unilateral exercises for you to add into your training.


Your shoulders are complex, multi directional joints, so make sure you warm up properly before you try any of these exercises. These mobility exercises are also useful to help you strengthen and protect your shoulders, ligaments and tendons.

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You can add these exercises in as accessory exercises at the end of a session, or bring them together into more of a bodybuilding style workout. Both are effective ways to incorporate them into your training.

Use the following exercises to build stronger and more resistant shoulders.

1. Filly Press

Marcus Filly has several top shoulder exercises to prevent injury and build muscle.

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