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Rate My Workout: A Better Shoulder Approach

See how we made this reader's shoulder workout even better.

Overhead Press
Duration 30 min
Exercises 5
Equipment Yes

Fred O. from Reseda, CA, sent us his shoulder workout to review. Here’s how we fixed it.

M&F rating for old workout: B

Our Advice

Since your goal is maximum pressing strength, train lower reps so you can practice with heavier weights and forge better technique. Add some pulling exercises as well and alternate them with your shoulder lifts.

*Note: In the new workout, be sure to alternate the A and B exercises.

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Fred's Old Workout

Exercise 1

Military Press
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5 sets
15,12,10,8,6 reps
-- rest

Exercise 2

Dumbbell Shoulder Press You'll need: Dumbbells How to
Dumbbell Shoulder Press thumbnail
3 sets
10 reps
-- rest

Exercise 3

Dumbbell Lateral Raise You'll need: Dumbbells How to
Dumbbell Lateral Raise thumbnail
3 sets
12 reps
-- rest

Exercise 4

Rear Delt Raise
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3 sets
15 reps
-- rest

Exercise 5

Dumbbell Front Raise You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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3 sets
15 reps
-- rest

Fred's New Workout

Exercise 1A

Military Press
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5 sets
5 reps
-- rest

Exercise 1B

Neutral-Grip Chinup You'll need: Pullup Bar How to
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5 sets
8-12 reps
-- rest

Exercise 2A

Dumbbell Shoulder Press You'll need: Dumbbells How to
Dumbbell Shoulder Press thumbnail
3 sets
10 reps
-- rest

Exercise 2B

Straight-Arm Pulldown You'll need: Adjustable Cable Machine, Straight Bar Attachment, Lat Pulldown Bar How to
Straight-Arm Pulldown thumbnail
3 sets
12 reps
-- rest

Exercise 3A

Dumbbell Lateral Raise You'll need: Dumbbells How to
Dumbbell Lateral Raise thumbnail
3 sets
15 reps
-- rest

Exercise 3B

Band Pull-Apart
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3 sets
15 reps
-- rest
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