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Deltoid Workouts For the Hardgainer – Get Massive Shoulders!

Nothing improves the appearance of your physique like getting bigger shoulders. Studies have shown that women are unconsciously, biologically drawn to men with a large shoulder to waist ratio.

How can you improve this? Well, first off, lose that body fat with some High intensity interval training, (jumprope workouts work well).

But, to gain shoulder mass, check out these deltoid workouts that will have you rocking solid shoulders in no time…

First we will look at the two exercises that are a MUST for gaining shoulder muscle mass.

Then, since nutrition is half the battle when it comes to gaining muscle, we will have a look at the best diet for muscle gains.

After you are using these two pieces of advice, you will be well on your way to sporting some serious shoulders!

Let’s get started…

Deltoid Workouts – The Best Shoulder Exercises

Forget cables, dumbbell isolation exercises, and any other light weight gimmicks.

When you are trying to pack on that first bit of mass, NOTHING beats heavy, compound movements for low reps.

Specifically, the two best shoulder mass building exercises are:

  • Military Press (with dumbbells or barbell, although dumbbells are better if you have had shoulder injury/rotator cuff problems)
  • Handstand Pushup

These exercises, when done HEAVY, result in maximum deltoid muscle activation and as a result, maximum muscle gains.

What about reps?

In general, doing sets of 5-8 reps is best for growing the muscle fibers themselves, called myofibrillar hypertrophy. Gains in muscle fiber size are longer lasting than gains in the ‘goo’ between the fibers, called sarcoplasmic hypertrophy, which comes from training in higher rep ranges for a ‘pump.’

Have a History of Shoulder Injury? Warm up properly

In general, it is good to warm up the small, easily injured shoulder stabilizers of the rotator cuff. Do a YouTube search and you should find some good examples.

An Example Deltoid Workout For Muscle Gain

First, warm up with some rotator cuff exercises. Then do a few minutes of easy pushups, bodyweight squats, and pullups.

  • Deadlift – 3 sets for 5-8 reps (this will get your body’s anabolic (muscle-building) hormones flowing, preparing your body for the next movements
  • Military Press or Handstand Pushup – 4 sets for 5-8 reps, supersetted with the following exercise
  • Weighted Pull up – 4 sets for 5-8 reps (this will build the often-neglected rear deltoids, in addition to the biceps and back)

What? Only 3 Exercises?!?

Most hardgainers make the mistake of doing TOO MUCH, which can kill your gains.

The key here is to do 3 or 4 brief, INTENSE workouts per week, allowing your body ample time to recover between workouts.

Your muscles will respond with strength and size.

Nutrition for Deltoid Muscle Gains

You must eat enough to give your muscles the raw material to rebuild bigger and stronger.

To do this, try to eat around 20 times your weight in calories. So, for example, if you weight 150, try to eat around 3000 calories per day. You should try to eat around 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight, and around 20-30% of your calories from fat.

Don’t avoid good, complex carbs like oatmeal, brown rice, and quinoa. Try 2-4 grams per pound of bodyweight, per day.

Keep track of your diet in a journal to keep track of what you are eating and allow yourself to properly adjust should you need to.

Wrapping it up…

So now you know that heavy, compound movements like handstand pushups and military presses are the best shoulder muscle exercises. You also know the importance of warming up properly, and how to make sure you are eating enough to see gains.

All that’s left is for you to go out and use this info to grow some massive shoulders!

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